” I just love finding new places to wear diamonds “ is a memorable line in the 1950’s Musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes that I rented recently. It stars Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe as showgirl best pals Dorothy and Lorelei, en route to a job in Paris , aboard a transatlantic cruise liner. Lorelei ( a captivating Marilyn Monroe) is engaged to a dopey millionaire whose disaproving father hires a private detective to check up on her on the journey. Dorothy ( a dazzling Jane Russell) who doesn’t care about bagging herself a rich heir, enjoys the attentions of the Olympic Swimming team who are also travelling!
Lorelei soon becomes impressed with the wealth of married diamond merchant ‘Piggy’ ( Charles Coburn) whose wife lets her try on a sparkling diamond tiara. Meanwhile the private detective Mallone ( Elliot Reid ) befriends Dorothy in the hope of finding out any dirt on Lorelei. Dorothy proves herself a loyal friend but he still manage’s to photograph Lorelei and the diamond tycoon in a compromising position Piggy ~ demonstrating on Lorelei how a python squeezes a goat.Ho Ho.
Mallone thinks he may be falling in love with Dorothy but the two girls feeling hoodwinked manage to trick him into giving them the film. Lorelei passes it on to Piggy, who very much grateful and relieved gives her his wife’s diamond tiara as a reward. Dorothy who was growing fond of Mallone too, before he revealed himself to be a private detective vows herself off men and the two best pals arrive in Paris.
Fun and frolics follow in France as Lorelei is accused of stealing a certain diamond tiara and all the men folk hotly pursue them. Will love find Dorothy? Will Lorelei’s penchant for diamonds continue?
You will have to watch this gem of a glorious tecnicolor musical comedy to find out….if only to watch Marilyns iconic rendition of ‘Diamonds are a girls best friend’.
I loved this film.Can’t believe I’ve never seen it before now!
Whats your favorite Marilyn film?