Saturday, April 5, 2014

04/05: How to Marry a Millionaire

One of the 1950's 'classics' stars three of the biggest leading female actresses (and bombshells) of that era - Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable and some gal named Marilyn Monroe. A movie with three different stories, although they are pretty much the same, made history as the first to use the Cinemascope widescreen format, though not first released as that. This was one of the biggest hits of 1953.

The three women realize that the best way to be happy is to simply 'marry a millionaire'. So they rent a ritzy penthouse, hoping to attract wealthy men. The scheme seems to work a bit, as each woman finds who they believe is 'the one' that will make them happy because of their money. The ladies learn a lesson about being happy and what's inside that counts. Short and sweet version of the story.

Going through the movie, you can just tell how dated this is. The 1950s always seemed like a simple time for anyone just by watching TV shows and movies from that innocent decade. But my have times changed. Throughout the movie I was fascinated about the styles and norms. Remember, back then being a millionaire was extremely a bigger deal than it is now. Also, back then, as mentioned by Monroe's character Pola, men did not go for women who wore glasses. That's so not true in today's age. It's also good to look at how New York was back then. That was about 20 years before the twin towers were constructed.

Probably the most annoying thing is the beginning, without question. Sometimes it's easy to forget those damn orchestra intros, as if they're part of the movie. Watch this for historical purposes, or if you are one of the tens of millions of Marilyn Monroe fans who want to keep her legacy alive.

My rating: 7 out of 10

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