Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Marilyn Monroe as Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), the film that made her a superstar.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Marilyn Monroe shows off the engagement ring she got from Tommy Noonan to Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Charles Coburn has a heart to heart with Marilyn Monroe on the set of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Marilyn Monroe proclaims Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).  Knowing he had no experience, or interest, Howard Hawks left the musical parts of the film for choreographer Jack Cole to direct.  Jack’s assistant was dancer Gwen Verdon.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

publicity still for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe on the set of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), based on a 1925 novel by Anita Loos, and then a 1928 silent, and a 1949 Broadway musical with Carol Channing as Lorelei Lee and Yvonne Adair as Dorothy Shaw.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Jane Russell as Dorothy Shaw asks “Ain’t there anyone here for love?” in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is Howard Hawks’ 39th film

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes premiered Jul 1, 1953 in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

posing for a publicity still for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

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Marilyn Monroe in a production still from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Howard Hawks 1896-1977

Howard Hawks on the set of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) with Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

This publicity stunt happened two months before the premiere of the movie.