Original release: 1953
Running length: 91 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Comedy, Musical, Romance
See it as a double feature with How to Marry A Millionaire
This infectious comedy-musical from director Howard Hawks is sure to please the many fans of the legendary Marilyn Monroe and win over new ones. Featuring Monroe’s legendary rendition of “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend,” Monroe is the blonde in question: Miss Lorelei Lee, whose philosophy is “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” Together with her best human friend Dorothy (top-billed Jane Russell), showgirl Lorelei embarks upon a boat trip to Paris, where she intends to marry millionaire Gus Esmond (Tommy Noonan). En route, the girls are bedeviled by private detective Malone (Elliot Reid), hired by Esmond’s father (Taylor Holmes) to make certain that Lorelei isn’t just another gold-digger. When Dorothy falls in love with the poverty-stricken Malone, Lorelei decides to find her pal a wealthier potential husband, and that’s how she gets mixed up with flirtatious diamond merchant Sir Francis Beekman (Charles Coburn) and precocious youngster Henry Spofford III (George “Foghorn” Winslow).