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Bobby
post May 26 2008, 06:57 PM
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Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe. Glamour by the bucketload in this comedy about three money-grabbing models out to catch themselves a millionaire. The stunning gowns and the wonderful one-liners are the most out-standing aspects of the film and all three actresses shine in their individual scenes.

I think this is a supremely girly film with a lot of girly humour, if you'll forgive the generalisation. There wasn't enough Marilyn for my liking but when she was on screen, she was perfect and of course, exceptionally beautiful. What did you think?
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post May 26 2008, 07:35 PM
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TBH, there's really nothing to say about acting talent in HTMAM. It's all comedy - and Marilyn plays it to perfection as only Marilyn can. I can imagine Pola's shortsightedness being irritating (to me) if Marilyn hadn't pulled it off so well, and she makes scenes that are kind of predictable (for example in the plane, reading the book upside down) funny in spite of this.

I like the rest of the film too, not as much as GPB but I like it. But for some reason, I really dislike Lauren Bacall's character and I can't tell why! Also I don't like the idea of the film, golddigging, (I'm a romantic I guess!) but I suppose that's how women got rich in the '50s and I look past it.

Also love Marilyn's red swimsuit! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/thumbup1.gif)
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post May 26 2008, 07:48 PM
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It is a bit too long but I like this movie. It's glossy and shallow, but fun. Marilyn's role is quite limited but she makes it work for her. She delivers every line and gag with finesse, and her chemistry with Grable and Bacall is great. The best scene in the movie is with her and David Wayne on the airplane. It should be just corny but Marilyn makes her character adorable.
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post May 27 2008, 12:25 AM
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The whole look and style of this film is pure comic book. I guess this high styalised idea of 1950's glamour was what the picture was all about. I get the feeling that Fox were taking the image of Monroe to the next level with this film, even more so than in GPB.

I mean the attatched image of her from a dvd still really proves my point. This character was about as 2 dimensional as they come and although I feel Marilyn really does pull it off as best she can it does not change what is there to begin with.

These were the kind of roles she later resented and I'm sure when looking at the characters she were being given she would balk at the thought of playing almost a cartoon character as we all know she was so much more real and complex than that. To me it's almost an insult.

Nevertheless, as for the film in general, not enough Marilyn really. I know that they spread out the three girls and their stories and it's so clear that this is one of the film rom com chick flicks. It's very camp in it's 1950's over the top style. Still it remains a Monroe classic despite it not merely hinting at her ability as an actress but more of an 'act dumb, act sexy, look pretty' kinda role.
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post May 27 2008, 01:08 AM
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Fluff and cotton candy. I love this movie, but wouldn't go out of my way to see it too many times. I think all three actors are great in their roles and I love Lauren Bacall in this movie. She's almost relentless in the way she squelches Mr. Brookman and time and again. Marilyn is wonderful, but she's really just a poodle in this film. There to be pretty and fluffy and do what she's told. She does it beautifully, though. As only she could, of course. Her best scene, I agree, is the plane scene. "Then why are you reading this book upside-down?" "I am no such thing!" "Not YOU, the book!" Very funny. I would love to see a remake of this film where the plot is reversed. It's the girls who are rich and the guys who want to marry them. Paul, btw, the picture you posted shows Marilyn using a cup and saucer by a very famous designer named Russel Wright. Later in life, I decided to collect and use this dinnerware pattern. It's my 'everyday' pattern. It comes in 10 colors. The color Marilyn is holding is called Black Chutney. I never realized it until years later when I was watching this movie again that it was used in the movie. It suddendly made me feel even closer to Marilyn. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/throb.gif)

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It's one of the movies I watch only for Marilyn. It cetainly has some old-fashioned charm and I love the costumes but I'm waiting impatiently every time she's off screen. I sometimes jump to the scenes without watching others when watching on dvd...But she's adorable.
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post May 27 2008, 01:11 PM
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QUOTE(magda24 @ May 27 2008, 09:12 AM) *
It's one of the movies I watch only for Marilyn. It cetainly has some old-fashioned charm and I love the costumes but I'm waiting impatiently every time she's off screen. I sometimes jump to the scenes without watching others when watching on dvd...But she's adorable.


I agree with you : )

Marilyn was great as Pola, but I just don't like the character! And Lauren Bacall's character is just... awful, to be honest. : D And there should have been much more Marilyn in this film! The only thing that saves it is Betty Grable, who I also like. Her character is adorable.

There are several scenes or lines that are funny, but the complete movie is just too simple for me. : ) Too many obvious jokes, and this movie brings nothing new, I guess. MM's character is almost like Lorelei, but just blind version of her.

HTMAM is a nice film to watch, but nothing special to me (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile1.gif)
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I agree with everybody. She looks lovely, the costumes worn by all the ladies are extravagant fun to look at but the plot and lines are a little silly and too obvious. I haven't grabbed this off my shelf in a long time for the reasons everybody has said so far.
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post May 27 2008, 05:44 PM
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The only part I thought was genually funny was when Marilyn models the bathing suit at the fashion show and then trips up on the way to her seat ha ha (IMG:style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/thumbup1.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/clapping.gif)
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post Jun 1 2008, 06:58 PM
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I love this movie. It's like comfort food. Just a really pleasant experience that is reliably enjoyable.

One of Marilyn's best comedic roles, too. Excellent chemistry among the 3 leading ladies.
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post Jun 1 2008, 06:59 PM
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QUOTE(JanCollector @ Jun 1 2008, 06:58 PM) *
I love this movie. It's like comfort food. Just a really pleasant experience that is reliably enjoyable.

One of Marilyn's best comedic roles, too. Excellent chemistry among the 3 leading ladies.



Agreed. It is predictable of course, but SO funny. I just about die in the scene where Pola tries to walk out of the powder room in the restaurant without her glasses and bumps into the wall! Hilarious.

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QUOTE(abeautifulchild @ Jun 1 2008, 06:59 PM) *
Agreed. It is predictable of course, but SO funny. I just about die in the scene where Pola tries to walk out of the powder room in the restaurant without her glasses and bumps into the wall! Hilarious.


Unlike other fans here, I don't find the film insulting to Marilyn. Like The Seven Year Itch, this was an excellent role for her, and really allowed her to demonstrate her comedic skills. I never saw any problems when her talent was on display. It's pictures like There's No Business Like Show Business that were insulting.
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post Jun 17 2008, 05:47 PM
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I have actually never really liked this film, I just found it a bit dull, Marilyn is cute of course and I like the little in jokes and nods to her other films and the other actresses films but overall I find it kind of meh.
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post Jul 31 2008, 05:20 AM
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I'll just paste my IMDB review here, since it pretty much sums up my feelings:



How to Marry a Millionaire is an average Fifties comedy revolving around three big movie stars. The lazy plot has been CinemaScoped up, and at times it drags painfully. Jean Negulesco was a craftsman, not a director with vision. Had the script been handed to Howard Hawks or Billy Wilder, it could have been turned into sarcastic societal commentary, comparable with Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the Hawks/Monroe collaboration of the same year. As it stands, it's shallow, even dull.

Ultimately, this is a Lauren Bacall movie. She handles her scenes with sassy and straightforward ease. And Monroe could do no wrong back then. Her timing is impeccable.

There's some raunchy fun there, especially when Bacall and Monroe get together. Betty Grable, professional though she is, remains a one-note Jenny. She's got lengthy scenes where it's obvious that she's more about surface and technical capability than acting.

The story about women whose idea of a career is to hunt rich men is yesterday's news. But for fans of Bacall and, up to an extent, Monroe, it's a treat.

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post Jul 31 2008, 07:16 AM
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Sam, I completely agree with you. Lazy plot, Bacall movie and so on. Marilyn is absolutely adorable as Pola, and I wish it were more focus on her part. More closeups would have made this film better too, I think, as it might have allowed for a little depth in the characters' reactions and emotions. As it is, this film gives me a feeling of looking at a theatre stage from a very long distance, and the actors in this film were no stage actors.
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I have read that the idea of marrying for money is an out-dated plot but I dont agree totally. Its just that instead of trying to grab an oilman there are plenty of girls now where their only ambition in life is to grab a footballer (any one will do as long as he has money). If the film was remade now it would likely be called 'I want to be a footballers wife'.
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post Jul 31 2008, 08:04 AM
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QUOTE(MissCaswell @ Jul 31 2008, 07:16 AM) *
Sam, I completely agree with you. Lazy plot, Bacall movie and so on. Marilyn is absolutely adorable as Pola, and I wish it were more focus on her part. More closeups would have made this film better too, I think, as it might have allowed for a little depth in the characters' reactions and emotions. As it is, this film gives me a feeling of looking at a theatre stage from a very long distance, and the actors in this film were no stage actors.


Actually, Bacall is a trained stage actor, but overall I agree with you. The flick was, in part, crafted to establish CinemaScope, and they wanted to use the brand new wide-screen technique to full advantage - unfortunately, on the expense of cinematic vision.
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post Aug 6 2008, 07:28 PM
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This story-line, with three main characters, needs to have one of them as a bit abrasive and less sympathetic, to point up the other two. If all three were like Marilyn or Grable the result would awfully saccharine.
To pull off the less sympathetic part needs experience, hence Bacall.
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post Oct 14 2008, 07:41 PM
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I watched this last night and was struck (once again) by the supreme acting of Ms Bacall, Ms Grable and of course, Ms Monroe. I thought they all put in perfect performances in their respective roles and - though I tried - I couldn't pick out any of the trio for special praise in terms of their acting displays in HTMAM.

By the way, has anybody else noticed that during the 'dream' sequences, when we see each of the ladies in bed dreaming, all three are practically wearing more make-up than they do in the daytime!? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif)
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QUOTE(Elsie Marina @ Jun 17 2008, 05:47 PM) *
I have actually never really liked this film, I just found it a bit dull, Marilyn is cute of course and I like the little in jokes and nods to her other films and the other actresses films but overall I find it kind of meh.


HOW DARE YOU! haha just kidding (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

but in all seriousness, i like the movie and all but it's always seemed kind of dull to me. i've tried watching it and watching it but i just can't get into it, marilyn's role is so cool and she looks beutiful and she's so funny but the whole plot seems kind of boring.

overall i think this is one of marilyn's better films despite how much i don't really care for it.
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