Just Two Girls From Little Rock

Posted: 30/07/2013 in 1953


Shallow.  That is the best description that I have for Howard Hawk’s overblown musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.  I honestly had a difficult time getting through this one.  The closest character to likable in this film is Dorathy Shaw played by Jane Russell.  She really is the film’s only saving grace.  It’s not that I do not like Marilyn Monroe as an actress, I actually quite liked her performance in All About Eve, but this act of her’s in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was unbearable for me.  I actually have never been more disinterested in her.  In any case, this swinging musical will not likely be considered one of the better ones by the end of the year, nor will it be considered one of the best romantic comedies.   Maggie McNamera was wittier in The Moon is Blue, Leslie Caron was more endearing in Lili, and Ethel Merman showed more showmanship in Call Me Madam.  Aside from a few one-liners that will probably be repeated throughout the year, there’s just not much to warm up to here.  Both genders are treated as objects throughout, and for this male viewer, I had a hard time not taking offense to both ends of the sexism.   In the end, although the music was decent in parts, this gentleman preferred a number of other films that I’ve seen so far this year.

** ~AOS


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