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HALL OF FAMEon 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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on 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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on April 16, 2013
I have only seen this movie on a 16mm film chain or video tape. This fabulous 5.1 blue ray is amazing. Its just
like it must have been in a premium movie theater in 1955 with a magnetic print. Don't even think about
it, STOP NOW AND ORDER IT! You will love this. Even your strange teenagers will appreciate the production
values. This was the first CinemaScope film in the can in 1953, but Fox wanted "The Robe" released first as
a prestige picture. This poor woman had such talent and beauty. But wait! That's not all. If you order your
copy RIGHT NOW, you will have this as an heirloom to leave to your rotten kids in fifty years. There are only
a few copies available. One of them is for you. Just do it!
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on May 5, 2005
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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on November 12, 2012
The quality of the Blu-Ray is excellant. You notice the beautiful colors though not as vibrant as the Diamonds are a Girls best friend Blu-Ray. This is an excellant movie. Becall is the star in this movie even though Monroe steals several scenes. In this movie you can see the transition from Blonde Bombshell Betty Grable to the younger Monroe, I think it's evolution. Overall the film is witty and funny. Enjoyable if you are a fan on the classics and Monroe.
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on February 13, 2013
This is a pretty good movie with three lovely ladies. This was filmed in Technicolor & Cinemascope. Also it is in the 2:55:1 Aspect Ratio which I'm glad to see rather than the traditional 1:85:1. This way you see more of the movie. I like that. I'm tired of all the chopped up movies. The color is rather nice as it is in Technicolor. Nothing better than this. The Blu-Ray is quite nice if I may say so, especially the outdoor scenes I thought. You only get Featurettes for Special Features. Kinda of chinzy if you ask me. Overall I am happy I got this movie. It is definitely better than the dvd. I had no problems with the audio either, although I listen with external speakers through an old stereo system. No Digital.
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on July 29, 2014
Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, and Betty Grable in a most wonderful and delightful movie to watch. Never a dull moment. I can watch this movie over and over again without getting tired of it! Actually, ANY Marilyn Monroe movie is stellar. Not only a subject of pulchritude, she was actually quite a good actress! Absolutely STUNNING in Blu-Ray!
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on January 29, 2015
The third hit movie from Marilyn in her big and probably her best year of 1953. When three ladies get together in New York City and try to land rich husbands, they find it more difficult then they imagined. Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall (RIP Lauren!), and Betty Grable star in this comedy hit that Fox touts as their big CinemaScope picture. Although "The Robe" was probably the first in that respect for Fox anyway. This edition is from Marilyn's "Diamond Collection" DVD set that came out in celebration of her 75th Birthday in June, 2001. Many of her films were released in those 2 box sets for the first time on this format and several were restored, this being one of them.
Special Features Include ~
Theatrical Trailer
Italian Theatrical Trailer
German Theatrical Trailer
Restoration Comparison
"Movietone News" How To Marry A Millionaire in CinemaScope
The Diamond Collection Trailer
Bus Stop Trailer
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Trailer
The Seven Year Itch Trailer
There's No Business Like Show Business Trailer
Audio is 4.0 English Stereo, English Stereo, French Mono, Subtitles in English, Spanish
Anamorphic Widescreen 2:55:1

If you love Marilyn, as I do, I highly recommend this movie! I consider it to be one of her best comedies. The image is clean and the sound is good.
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on November 10, 2012
For movie buffs, historians, teachers or plain film lovers, How To Marry A Millionaire on Blu-Ray is imperative, as part of any serious collection. It is a welcome release, which gives us all an opportunity to analyse and study earlier scope cinematography. I myself wrote an article about this for the Webinsider site. While not an expert, it is relatively easy to put this picture into historical perspective and importance.

The film itself is quite pleasant, by the way, a light comedy with hints of social critic. It opens with a delightful orchestral overture, a demo for stereo sounds behind the CinemaScope screen. It is also a reminder why we were involved in this hobby in the first place.

Highly recommended!
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HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE was the first-ever Cinemascope/stereo sound comedy, and the first such extravaganza on broadcast TV. In 1961, "Milionaire" was the premiere film on NBC's brand new "Saturday Night at the Movies" series.

In this amalgam of two Broadway shows, "The Greeks Had a Word For Them" and "Loco," the trio of Bacall, Grable and Monroe portray golddigging gals who aggressively target wealthy men. At the end, they all wed guys as poor as they are, or so it seems.

It's frothy '50s stuff that's hampered at times by the censorship of that era. Example: Monroe must say "Men aren't attentive to girls who wear glasses" instead of "don't make passes at." There's still room for some zingers, such as Bacall's old age barb aimed right at husband Humphrey Bogart: "Look at Roosevelt, look at Churchill, look at old fella whats-his-name in THE AFRICAN QUEEN.

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.

(7.0) How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) - Lauren Bacall/Betty Grable/Marilyn Monroe/David Wayne/Rory Calhoun/Cameron Mitchell/Fred Clark/Wiliam Powell (uncredited: Merry Anders/Percy Helton/Philip Van Zandt)
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