How to Marry a Millionaire? (1953)
The Fox pushed its stars forward, Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall, for a movie describing the story of three adventurenesses, chasing a rich husband.The studio was proud of its first Cinemascope film with three movie stars.
Red bustier rouge
Grey and white suit
Premiere, on November 4, 1953
She had borrowed at the Fox wardrobe, a white Crêpe de Chine dress, covered with rhinestones sewed on her, long white gloves and a white fur stole. During the cocktail party prior to the premiere, Marilyn tense, had drunk several Bourbon-soda and was visibly fuddled when she crossed the shouting crowd to come in the Fox-Wilshire Theater. To Marilyn, the evening was a triumph, "the most beautiful night of her life".
The Hollywood Reporter wrote : "We hadn't seen such a thing since Gloria Swanson at the climax of her fame".Jean Negulesco agreed. He said that she had "proved to everyone and to herself that she could face every competitions".
With her fans
With Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart
With Nunnally Johnson
Twentieth Century-Fox, Cinemascope and Technicolor.
Runtime : 95 mn
National release date : November 5, 1953.
Director : Jean Negulesco
Producer : Nunnally Johnson
Screenplay : Nunnally Johnson, Zoe Atkins (author of the original play "The Greeks Had a Word For It"), Katherine Albert (author of the original play "Loco"), Dale Eunson (play) based on an original story of Doris Lilly.
Director of photography : Joseph MacDonald
Music : Cyril J. Mockridge (incidental music), Alfred Newman (musical director)
Film editing : Louis R. Loeffler.
Marilyn Monroe - Pola Debevoise
Betty Grable - Loco Dempsey
Lauren Bacall - Schatze Page
David Wayne - Freddie Denmark
Rory Calhoun - Eben
Cameron Mitchell - Tom Brookman
Alexander D'Arcy - J. Stewart Merrill
Fred Clark - Waldo Brewster
William Powell - J. D. Hanley
Percy Helton - Benton
Alfred Bruzlin - sound
Leonard Doss - color advisor
Leland Fuller - art director
Roger Heman - sound
F.E. "Johnny" Johnston - assistant director
Ray Kellogg - special effects
Charles LeMaire - costumes director
Cyril J. Mockridge - incidental music
Ben Nye - make-up
Edward B. Powell - orchestrator
Stuart A. Reiss - set designer
Walter M. Scott - set designer
Lyle R. Wheeler - art director.
Three pretty models - Pola Debevoise (Marilyn Monroe), Loco Dempsey (Betty Grable) and Schatze Page (Lauren Bacall) - think that they would be luckier to marry a milionnaire if they share their means and by renting a luxurious apartment in New York.
Each of those young ladies has its own affairs, their stories just briefly interfering until the big final.
One of her former pretenders, Tom Brookman (Cameron Mitchell), helps Loco to carry her shopping bags and fells in love with Schatze. But he's rejected because he's too poor. Schatze is interested in the petroleum tycoon J. D. Hanley (William Powell).
Waldo Brewster, who is married, leads Loco in a country house. When she discovers the truth, she immediately wants to go back in town, but she is stopped by a measles rash, which helped her to meet the handsome forest ranger Eben (Rory Calhoun), who he's proved to be the owner of the whole forest.
As for Pola, completely short-sighted, she's convinced that men don't make advances to the girls wearing glasses. Whitout glasses, she doesn't see anything and makes a mistake about a plane, while she's going to see her pretender, J. Stewart Merill (Alex D'Arcy). The situation turns over her advantage, because she meets Freddie Denmark (David Wayne), the ower of the girls' apartment, chasing his not much scrupulous bookkeeper.
Back in town, Schatze agrees to marry her rich oil tycoon. Loco and Eben arrive for the wedding, and Pola and Freddie too, already married. Tom Brookman also attends the wedding.
The husband-to-be stops the ceremony, because he knows that Tom is the man Schatze really loves. Folows a dinner where Bookman reveals that he is very rich.
The three young ladies are fullfilled : their husband are milionaires and in love.NOMINATIONS
To the Academy Awards :
To the British Academy Awards :- Best film.