Friday, August 08, 2014

Must-See Movie: How To Marry A Millionaire

How To Marry a Millionaire (1953)
The last time I wrote one of these things was when only DVD rentals were possible, but now you can actually instantly watch this movie (and, of course, others) on Netflix's Instant Watch.  This movie is fantastic, and should definitely be in everyone's queue.

Starring Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, and Lauren Bacall, this movie is truly a how-to guide with a great strategy of how to find a man.  In fact, all I learned about dating I learned from this movie.

Don't let the title get you. I'm not a golddigger, but that's just not my priority. However, you can substitute the word millionaire with what any desirable man is (Jewish boy, older man, nice guy), and these tips not only are helpful, but they just make sense.
Shatze (Bacall), Pola (Monroe), and Loco (Grable) all state aloud to each other what they are looking for one thing in a man: six figures!  Then the three girls go to great lengths to reach their goal, strategizing and doing everything by their guidelines.  They pool all their money to live in a rich neighborhood in a highbrow apartment, even selling all their furniture to surround themselves with rich, eligible bachelors.

Marilyn Monroe is stunning as Pola, who tries to hide the fact that she needs glasses, thereby running in to some comical visual mishaps.  Loco, played by Betty Grable, is a little airheaded, but charming - taking a huge detour from her goal when she is misled.  And Lauren Bacall plays Shatze, the level-headed leader of the group, who realizes her priorities have changed.
Although each woman has high standards in the beginning of the film of the man they want to marry, each woman learns to adapt their tastes according to the men they met.  And it's a great lesson to us all!

Here's TCM's showing of the original trailer:

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