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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (15-Jul-1953)

Director: Howard Hawks

Writer: Charles Lederer

From a play: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Joseph Fields and Anita Loos

Music and Lyrics by: Jule Styne; Leo Robin

Producer: Sol C. Siegel

Keywords: Musical, Romantic Comedy, Cruise

Best friends and showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, the bill paid for by Lorelei's wealthy fiancÚ Gus Esmond; on the same ship is Ernie Malone, private detective hired by Gus's father to follow the two girls. Dorothy falls in love with Malone but Lorelei has her eyes on the married Lord Beekman, owner of the 2nd largest diamond mine in South Africa. Includes the number "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend." In 1949-51, the Broadway play starring Carol Channing ran for 740 performances.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Charles Coburn
17-Jun-1877 30-Aug-1961 The More the Merrier
Marcel Dalio
17-Jul-1900 20-Nov-1983 The Sun Also Rises
Taylor Holmes
16-May-1878 30-Sep-1959 Nightmare Alley
Marilyn Monroe
1-Jun-1926 5-Aug-1962 Some Like It Hot
Tommy Noonan
29-Apr-1922 24-Apr-1968 A Star is Born
Elliott Reid
16-Jan-1920 21-Jun-2013 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Jane Russell
21-Jun-1921 28-Feb-2011 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Norma Varden
20-Jan-1898 19-Jan-1989 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes


Jane Russell   ...   Dorothy Shaw
Marilyn Monroe   ...   Lorelei Lee
Charles Coburn   ...   Sir Francis "Piggy" Beekman
Elliott Reid   ...   Ernie Malone
Tommy Noonan   ...   Gus Esmond
George Winslow   ...   Henry Spofford III
Marcel Dalio   ...   Magistrate
Taylor Holmes   ...   Mr. Esmond, Sr.
Norma Varden   ...   Lady Beekman
Howard Wendell   ...   Watson
Steven Geray   ...   Hotel Manager


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