Gentlemen Prefer Blondes/B+,B+
Fox/1953/97/FS 1.33

     Gentleman Prefer Blondes is actually better than I remember it. A couple of showgirls on the make, blonde Lorelei Lee and her curvaceous brunette buddy Dorothy Shaw entertain the men in between their glitzy stage  act. Lee has playboy heir Gus placing offering of gems at the alter of her womanhood. They are supposed to make a trip to France to get hitched in the romantic capital, but Gus is getting cold feet to go along with his hot pants. The girls take the cruise ship by storm sans Gus and their exploits on board and in Paris keep the action light and lively. 
    The production numbers are good fun. Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend, a signature song for Monroe, is memorable. Russell cavorts her way through a gaggle of muscle-bound men in the ship's gym in Ain't There Anyone Here for Love. Then there's the delicious Two Little Girls From Little Rock belted out by the two tightly clad red-dressed ladies. 

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     Marilyn makes the most of her facial expressions and is more than delicious poured into her appurtenances. She does not have to do much to make the most of her body parts. You really get a sense of how much director Howard Hawks loves women. He shoots Monroe and Russell as if they were a bowl of cherries for his picking.  Blondes is paced briskly with the appropriately glitziest production design over the top fans could ever want. Oh, those gowns are filled to the brim with these tantalizing women. Young George "Foghorn" Winslow has a charming scene with Monroe dangling out of a ship's cabin porthole like a ripe tantalizing melon. Charles Coburn is the randy Sir Francis Beekman, hungry for a taste of youth. Tommy Noonan and Elliot Reid are eclipsed by the blaze of feminine sexuality as playboy Gus Esmond and Malone, the detective hired by old man Esmond to get the goods on Lorelei. 
     The Technicolor production looks great on DVD. There are a few blemishes, but they are trivial in terms of the overall enjoyment of the DVD. Mostly sharp, always gorgeously saturated, Blondes doesn’t disappoint. Fox includes a split screen demo comparison of the restoration work done on Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The mono soundtrack is clean with no hint of scratchiness or hum. 







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