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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Details


Second-billed Marilyn Monroe is the blonde in question in this second film version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: 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). Most of the Leo Robin-Jule Styne songs from the Broadway show remain intact, including Marilyn Monroe's rendition of "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend," a production number later imitated by pop icon Madonna. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:February 26, 2010


Jane Russell
as Dorothy Shaw
Marilyn Monroe
as Lorelei Lee
Charles Coburn
as Sir Francis Beekman
Elliott Reid
as Det. Malone
Tommy Noonan
as Gus Esmond
Marcel Dalio
as Magistrate
Taylor Holmes
as Gus Esmond, Sr.
Norma Varden
as Lady Beekman
Howard Wendell
as Watson
Steven Geray
as Hotel Manager
Henri Letondal
as Grotier
Leo Mostovoy
as Phillipe
Alex Frazer
as Pritchard
George Davis
as Cab Driver
Alphonse Martell
as Headwaiter
James Moultrie
as Boy Dancer
Peter Camlin
as Gendarme
Harry Carey, Jr.
as Winslow
Jean del Val
as Ship's Capt
Ray Montgomery
as Peters
Alvy Moore
as Anderson
Robert Nichols
as Evans
Charles Tannen
as Ed
Jimmy Young
as Stevens
John Close
as Coach
William Cabanne
as Sims
Jack Chefe
as Proprietor
Robert Foulk
Ralph Peters
as Passport Official
Rolfe Sedan
as Waiter
Harry Seymour
as Captain of Waiters
Max Willenz
as Court Clerk
Alfred Paix
as Pierre
George Chakiris
as Dancer
Howard Hawks
George Chakiris
as Dancer
Alfred Paix
as Pierre
Max Willenz
as Court Clerk
Rolfe Sedan
as Waiter
Harry Seymour
as Captain of Waiters
Ralph Peters
as Passport Official


Howard Hawks
Sol C. Siegel
Oliver Smith
Play Author
Joseph Fields
Play Author
Charles Lederer
Anita Loos
Play Author
Harry J. Wild
Leo Robin
Composer (Music Score)
Joseph Fields
From Musical by
Lionel Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Lionel Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Jule Styne
Composer (Music Score)
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
William Travilla
Costume Designer
Roger Heman
Sound/Sound Designer