Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell on the set of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).  Howard Hawks is nowhere around, as he did not direct the musical productions in the film, leaving that to the experts.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Marilyn Monroe, Tommy Noonan, and Jane Russell in an original publicity still for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Marilyn Monroe behind the scenes of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Charles Coburn and Marilyn Monroe in a publicity still for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

sheet music for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes premiered Jul 1, 1953 in Atlantic City, Jul 15 in New York City, Jul 21 in Los Angeles, with a wider release in August.  It was Howard Hawks’ 39th film.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell and Tommy Noonan in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

 

 

Marilyn Monroe as Lorelei Lee in a publicity still for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

original lobby card for the original 1928 silent film version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Original lobby card with Ruth Taylor as Lorelei Lee in the original silent screen version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1928)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Ruth Taylor and Alice White in the original 1928 silent version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Alice White as Dorothy Shaw in a publicity still for the original 1928 silent film version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Malcolm St Clair was born in Los Angeles and had 101 directing credits from a 1919 short to 1948.  He directed three of Laurel and Hardy’s weak 1940s features.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

The popular 1953 version is based mostly on the 1949 Broadway musical version, which was based on the original 1928 silent version, which was based on a popular novel by Anita Loos. who was the authority on the modern woman of the day.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Ruth Taylor and Alice White as Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw in the original 1928 silent version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)