Movie:Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Release Date: August 1953
Director: Howard Hawks
Starring: Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe.
Tag Lines: “You’ve never seen so much fun!”
“The Two M-M-Marvels Of Our Age In The Wonder Musical Of The World!”
Relevance: I didn’t watch ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ until the spring of 1985. Of course I knew who Marilyn Monroe was and considered myself a fan but only based on pop culture references. The first actual movie of hers I watched in full was this one, and that was in huge thanks to Madonna.
The “Material Girl” video was released on MTV in early 1985. I was instantly hooked, but I was already (and still am) a mega-fan of hers, so it was a no-brainer. If you are not familiar with that video, please stop reading this right now. Go to YouTube. Watch the video. I’ll wait.
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After memorizing every movement of Madonna’s in the video, I wanted more. So I hopped on down to my local Blockbuster and rented ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.’ Being a fan of the musical genre, I of course loved it and it has become a staple for my viewing pleasure numerous times throughout the years. It also made me a bigger fan of Marilyn Monroe. I have seen most, if not all, of her films since then. One more of hers will be showing up on this list later this year.
Today’s Thoughts: I have watched this movie so many times throughout the year, watching it today was very familiar. Unlike some recent movies where I have forgotten scenes, plot points or even actors that were in the movie, ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ is very fresh in my head. But that doesn’t mean I still didn’t enjoy it. I am one of those people that if I enjoy a movie, it doesn’t matter if it is the second or the millionth time I’ve watched it, I never get sick of it. This is definitely one of those movies.
I actually said some of the dialogue along with the film as I watched.
“Coupons. That’s like money, isn’t it?”
“Don’t you know that a man being rich is like a girl being pretty? You wouldn’t marry a girl just because she’s pretty, but my goodness, doesn’t it help.”
“You know I think you’re the only girl in the world who can stand on a stage with a spotlight in her eye and still see a diamond inside a man’s pocket.”
I could go on and on.
I still adore Marilyn Monroe and think that she plays this character perfectly. I think she was a great talent and was completely misunderstood by audiences and used by Hollywood. The fact though that people still know her name in 2020 says something about who she was. Madonna summed her up best in a 1987 interview:
“…my favorite scene in all of Monroe’s movies is when she does that dance sequence for ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend’. And when it came time to do the video for the song [Material Girl], I said, I can just redo that whole scene and it will be perfect. Marilyn was made into something not human in a way, and I can relate to that. Her sexuality was something everyone was obsessed with and that I can relate to. And there were certain things about her vulnerability that I’m curious about and attracted to.”
Awards: Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Musical (nomination).
Ways to Watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, DVD Availability.