Time: 91 mins.
GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES is a funny, classy, sexy musical that shows exactly why Marilyn Monroe is still popular today. One can say that it features a classic Monroe performance...that of the dumb, sweet blonde. It may be true that Monroe's character isn't the smartest in the room, but she sure knows what she wants and she goes after it with ruthless ambition. This film plays to one of her strengths screwball comedy. Monroe uses her assets well, playing her blatent sexiness for all its comic worth. She mines gold in her role as a diamond-loving showgirl looking for love and money. Her performance proves that a woman can be naive and still outsmart all the men in the room.
This may be a musical, but not in the traditional sense. Monroe and Russell play showgirls, so the singing and dancing mainly take place to show them in their line of work. There are several sequences outside the theater Russell dancing with Olympic athletes by a pool and the pair singing outside a Paris cafe but they help the story along and showcase the ample talents of the leads so I don't think anyone will complain all that much. In fact, the dance number by the pool is quite sexy and entertaining for men and women. These two little girls from Little Rock are well aware of their feminine wiles and use them to the hilt. They may be from the wrong side of the tracks, but there's not a man alive who wouldn't travel the extra distance to visit them there.
As a romantic comedy, the thrust of the picture is to get Lorelei (Monroe) and Dorothy (Russell) happily married. Lorelei already has her husband picked out, millionaire Gus Esmond (Noonan). They happen to be in love, but his father thinks she's just out to get their fortune. Lorelei sees no problem with marrying a man for his money, as it's just as easy to fall for a rich man as a poor one. Dorothy, on the other hand, seems to gravitate to the muscular poor men with no futures. On their cruise across the Atlantic, each woman makes it her job to look after the other Dorothy to see that Lorelei doesn't do anything improper to anger Gus's father and Lorelei makes it her goal to find a suitable wealthy man for Dorothy.