Three blindingly blonde stars — Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable — headline this CinemaScope comedy as a trio of gold diggers who use their penthouse apartment as a millionaire magnet.
The first film shot in CinemaScope, its glorious wide screen bursting with brio and blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire features a trio of fair-haired stars — Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable — as three impecunious roommates who land a Sutton Place penthouse for the season and use it as a millionaire magnet. Each sets her sights on a moneyed man — an elderly widower, a phony tycoon-playboy, a married executive — but who has the dough and who doesn’t isn’t always clear, especially to the near-sighted Monroe, who refuses to wear glasses. For women of modest means pawning furniture to pay the bills, the three gold diggers have well-stocked closets: Millionaire offers an endless parade of fifties fashion. (The film won the Academy Award® for Best Costume Design.) With a score that leans heavily on Gershwin, How to Marry a Millionaire opens with Alfred Newman’s legendary “Street Scene,” a swell introduction to this lesson in how true love means most when it’s accompanied by money.
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