Review: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

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I prefer any color actually.

Screenplay By: Charles Lederer
Directed By: Howard Hawks

If I had to use one word to describe Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, it would be, breezy. There isn’t any depth whatsoever to Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but for as long as it lasts it’s a fun ride. The movie flies by and is equal parts charming, witty, and funny. It takes full advantage of the sexuality of the women it features and it also puts to use the sexuality of some very weird Olympians. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes doesn’t let any of its assets go to waste because it knows those are its strongest point. I don’t think there is a moment when either Jane Russell or Marilyn Monroe aren’t on screen, and since they imbue the film with a riveting pulse that is a good thing.

One sequence that did strike me as a bit odd was the Miss Russell number with the scantily clad male Olympic athletes. It was a fine song and it was fun to listen to, but there was a heavy hint of homoeroticism underneath that song and in the mannerisms and dancing style employed by the men. I didn’t mind it, it wasn’t a bad thing, but it was a bit peculiar to see in a 1953 mainstream Hollywood movie. Outside of that all the songs clicked, the performances worked with the songs and the entire concoction mixed together for a fun romp.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes isn’t deep worldly film making, but it is a snappy and fun exercise in the medium of film. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes strikes that nice balance between a musical that isn’t serious enough and a musical that takes itself too seriously. The performances from Misses Russell and Monroe are top notch and watching them play off each other is worth a gander on its own. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes delivers a fun and convivial musical and a fine addition to the resume of Miss Monroe.

Rating:

***

Cheers,
Bill Thompson

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2 responses to “Review: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

  1. Yeah, you really can’t go wrong with this one. So fun. Nice review, too. :)

  2. Yep, lots of fun, thanks for the comment. :)

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