For Valentine’s Week, what better star to feature than sex-goddess Marilyn Monroe and 4 of her most glamorous romantic comedy films – 1956’s Bus Stop, 1953’s Gentlemen Prefer Blonds, 1953’s How to Marry a Millionaire and 1957’s The Prince and the Showgirl. Just remember – for Valentine’s Day and any other day – Diamonds are a Girl’ Best Friend!
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Bus Stop – Marilyn with Don Murray
Bus Stop is the 1956 Joshua Logan romantic drama/comedy starring Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O’Connell, Betty Field, Eileen Heckart, Robert Bray and Hope Lange and tells the story of a naive virgin cowboy’s overly-enthusiastic wooing of a talentless but ambitious performer bent on ‘making it’ in Hollywood all taking place at bus stop in the middle of nowhere. Oh, those chance encounters!
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is the 1953 Howard Hawks romantic comedy starring Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Charles Coburn, Elliot Reid, Tommy Noonan, George Winslow and Marcel Dalio telling the story of two showgirls struggling to find what the want in a relationship versus what they need in a marriage partner. Of course these girls go through laughable shenanigans on their way to the alter!
How to Marry a Millionaire is the 1953 Jean Negulesco romance, comedy/drama starring Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, David Wayne, Rory Calhoun, Cameron Mitchell and Alexander D’Arcy telling the story of how three women in search of financial security share a Manhattan apartment to snare a rich husband. Sounds like a good plan, but there are speed bumps in their execution plans that send them in different directions, helping them to find love and riches of the heart. Yes, karma works in love matters, too!
The Prince and The Showgirl is the 1957 romantic comedy directed by and co-starring Laurence Olivier with Marilyn Monroe, Richard Wattis, Sybil Thorndike, Jean Kent, Jeremy Spenser and David Horne. Set in London in 1911, it tells the tale of a dignified prince in London for Royal business that falls in love with a traveling showgirl and their whirlwind courtship during the pompous Royal festivities. With their diverse backgrounds, can they make it work? Love always wins!