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How to Marry a Millionaire [VHS] (1953)

Marilyn Monroe , Betty Grable , Jean Negulesco  |  NR |  VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, David Wayne, Rory Calhoun
  • Directors: Jean Negulesco
  • Writers: Nunnally Johnson, Dale Eunson, Katherine Albert, Zoe Akins
  • Producers: Nunnally Johnson
  • Format: Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • VHS Release Date: May 29, 2001
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302484391
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,881 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Nunnally Johnson's Broadway comedy was brought to the big screen by director Jean Negulesco, built around a trio of female stars, Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, and Betty Grable. They play friends who come up with a plan to find and marry rich men. They rent a lavish penthouse and use it as their launching pad to lure men with money in the bank. But each eventually finds that love is more important that material possessions, though it takes a while. One running joke has Monroe so insecure about her looks that she refuses to wear glasses, though this means she bumps into furniture and walls. The other has Bacall rejecting suitor Cameron Mitchell because he doesn't wear a tie, assuming this means he's low-class when, in fact, he's the Donald Trump of 1954. Pre-feminist comedy captures the mindset of an era in which women's identities were based on the men they married. It has its moments, but much of the humor seems dated, though its take on sexual politics is occasionally acute. --Marshall Fine

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They're three beautiful models, looking for the man and the money of their dreams! Almost broke, they pool their funds to rent a posh Manhattan penthouse in which they plan to lure their victims. But the gold digger's plans suddenly go awry when two of them fall for men who appear to be poor! Trying to stop each other from marrying the wrong guy, Monroe, Grable, Bacall deliver the finest comedic performances of their careers. And they learn that a rich man is actually worthless- unless you're in love with him!

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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Restoration on DVD October 6, 2003
This movie is half a century old and followed The Robe as the second Cinemascope feature. It's visually beautiful in the DVD widescreen version, evoking the thrill of first seeing Cinemascope in 1953 (which I'm old enough to remember). Though the story and humor are extremely dated and so many of its stars are now dead, the photography and sound are both so breathtakingly clear and beautiful, it makes one realize how advanced the technical side of filmmaking was that long ago. It's amazing how cinematographers of that day were able to adapt so quickly to the much wider screen and take full advantage of its sweep even during scenes filmed in close quarters, such as those on the airliner (which was a propeller plane, by the way). It's true that Lauren Bacall, though lovely in the film, looks much older than the "25" she's supposed to be. (I saw Ms. Bacall in person pitching her bio at a bookstore 45 years later and she looked un-surgically young and beautiful, so go figure.) While the movie is not great in terms of content or performances, it's worthwhile because it's a beautifully restored piece of movie history that recaptures a more innocent (?) age and preserves an important part of the Monroe legend.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic Marilyn August 7, 2002
HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE was the first non-musical comedy to be released in the CinemaScope ratio. The film was released in 1953, which proved to be Monroe's breakthrough, watershed year, with the success of MILLIONAIRE, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES and NIAGARA cementing her place as one of the top box-office attractions of 1953.
MILLIONAIRE is one of Monroe's most delightful offerings. She plays the visually-challenged Pola, who, along with Chotzi (Lauren Bacall - KEY LARGO, THE BIG SLEEP) and 'Loco' (Betty Grable - MOTHER WORE TIGHTS) rents a Manhattan penthouse in the hopes of snagging rich husbands.
Of course, Fate often hands you things totally unexpected, and soon the girls realise that money can't be a substitute for happiness. There are plenty of pin-sharp observations about the opposite sex, a good 50-odd years before "Sex and the City" decided to make a whole TV show about women in the Big Apple.
Marilyn, Lauren and Betty make a colorful trio, and the CinemaSope picture is indeed a treat to the eyes.
The DVD includes restoration comparisons and trailers. Available separately or as part of the Marilyn Monroe Diamond Collection.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whimsical comedy starring 3 gorgeous gals May 5, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe star in a Broadway play adaptation, as three New York models who together rent a Sutton Place apartment in order to attract rich husbands. Their plan appears to go awry when after a few months they are forced to sell the furniture in the lavishly appointed pad for living expenses.

The girls fortunes appear to turn when Bacall meets elderly Texas cattle baron J.D. Hanley played by the debonair William Powell. Grable gets lured to Maine by wealthy but married Fred Clark but winds up falling for and marrying penniless forest ranger Rory Calhoun. The visually challenged but super sexy Monroe winds up on the wrong plane when going to meet her prospective beau in Atlantic City. She winds up enamored with and marrying tax cheat and previous owner of their apartment David Wayne, who is equally blind.

Throughout the film Bacall is pursued by a Tom Brookman played by Cameron Mitchell. She dismisses him as being a poor gas station attendant. Bacall and Powell are all set to be married but at the last moment she can't go through with it. Mitchell, who Bacall really cares for, stands in for Powell and marries her. They are all shocked when they learn that Mitchell is actually worth 200 million.

The gals have their plans dashed but wind up marrying for the right reason...........LOVE.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Romp May 8, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
Other reviewers do a fine job summarizing the plot and the reasons for viewing this film, so here's an overlooked morsel to savor: the opening orchestral number is the ultimate inside joke.

The number Alfred Newman conducts had been used as the title theme for the Oscar-winning movie "Gentlemen's Agreement" a half-decade earlier. While the plots of the two films are light years apart, the title of the earlier one (which had to do with anti-Semitism) addresses one of the final plot twists in "How To Marry..." In essence, the orchestra's opening performance represents a droll set-up to this delightful movie's windup, but so subtly that only Hollywood insiders would be aware of what was being done.

Funniest bit in the movie: a very lecherous Fred Clark foiled by a bridge tolltaker.

Innocent playfulness with a great Fifties cast and well worth a view.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Second Cinemascope film and Monroe's 20th September 13, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Set mostly in the urban jungle of New York, How To Marry A Millionaire was Marilyn Monroe's 20th film, and despite her sharing starring roles with veterans Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable, she evolved more compared to her previous hit, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
Schotzie Page (Bacall), Pola Debevoise (Monroe), and Loco Dempsey (Grable) are three models who live in an expensive penthouse apartment. Their master plan, engineered by Schotzie, is to snag classy-looking people who wear neckties and to get nobody under six figures a year. The apartment is to keep up appearances. Appearances? Within three months, DISappearances is what happens, especially to the furniture.
The men they meet are a mixed bag. Tom Brookman likes Schotzie, but with the way he dresses, which isn't that bad, she thinks he's a common gas pump jockey. J.D. Handley is a middle-aged widowed Texan millionaire who's charming and polite in a smooth but humble way. Schotzie falls for him. Waldo Brewster is an uptight square who's married and complains about his family, but that doesn't stop him from snagging Loco. The two deserve each other, as he bellyaches while she whines. Pola ends up with J. Stewart Merrill, who's quite the fashion victim with that jewelled eyepatch of his.
The fashion show segment is a highlight, seeing the fashions of the 1950's. Of the three, Pola's red outfit is striking. And of the dreams the three have, Loco's is the funniest compared to the other two's.
As for the women trio, Lauren Bacall (Schotzie), Marilyn Monroe (Pola), and Betty Grable (Loco) do well, though Bacall is the character we see struggling to overcome her pride and thus the most interesting one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything was as expected and fast delivery, I really enjoy this one....
Everything was as expected and fast delivery, I really enjoy this one. I have good memories about this show. Exellent
Published 19 days ago by Al
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
I already like this movie and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a fun movie. I purchased this movie because I am a big fan of Lauren Bacall's and enjoy her in anything light.
Published 25 days ago by Maureen R.
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a classic
What can I say about a movie that shows Marilyn Monroe at her very best, along with Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Judith A. Carlson
5.0 out of 5 stars disk was damaged
I have returned disk and am waiting for either new disk or refund so far I have not been paid for returned postage. This is the first item I have ever had any problem with. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joy
5.0 out of 5 stars Marry a Millionaire
This is one funny movie from the 1950's. I got this dvd for my daughter, she is starting to enjoy some of the classic movies from the 1940-1950's. She really like this movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Audrey Chaney
5.0 out of 5 stars Gold Diggers Unite
They start out looking for Millionaire's
and wind up setteling for a whole lot less,
with one exception. Surprise ending.
Published 2 months ago by Classic Collecter
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most underrated movies ever.
Always loved this movie due to its very modern concept. Just love seeing Marilyn be insecure about having to wear glasses & how she always stumbles into things. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christina Milliman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!!
I love the older movies and this is one of them. The cast is fantastic and is a very funny movie. This will be a keeper for any one who loves older movies or loves M. Monroe, R. Read more
Published 2 months ago by taurusgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Bought this movie for my niece for Christmas and SHE LOVED IT ! I'm the best aunt ever! Packaging was perfect.
Published 2 months ago by Peacock
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally funny, old humor.
This movie tells it like it is. Be careful what you reap; because , you reap what you sew. In other words, be careful what you wish for because you might just get it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Phillip L. Marino
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