HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE: DVD
Pola (Marilyn Monroe), Schatze (Lauren Bacall), and Loco (Betty Grable) are three models of modest means who rent an expensive Manhattan penthouse apartment as part of a scheme hatched by Bacall to snare rich husbands for herself and her roommates. The near-sighted Pola is wooed by an international playboy, but ends up settling for the tax-dodging fugitive (David Wayne) who owns the girls' apartment.
Review by Louise Keller:
How wonderful it is to be treated to an opening overture by a full symphony orchestra. Thatís the first treat in How To Marry a Millionaire, a delightful comedy about three husband-seeking gals, who believe that a rich husband is better than a poor one. One of the first films to be released in Cinemascope, the film looks great in splendid wide screen, with every advantage taken with the format.
ĎIf you want to catch a mouse, you set a mouse trap,í says Bacall, as they plan how to snare their millionaires with their swank, new, cityscape apartment, intending to sell the furniture bit by bit in order to finance their plans. But as time passes, the only progress seems to be that they barely have any furniture around them
Monroe puts on quite a turn as the dizzy, myopic blonde, who canít see at all without her glasses. The restaurant scene when she enters without glasses and proceeds to bump straight into the waiter, is a delight. While Bacall may take centre stage in this fun-filled romantic comedy, Grable and Monroe hold their own, and together the threesome make a formidable team. Itís a lightweight piece, but thoroughly enjoyable with additional pluses in the forms of Rory Calhoun, Cameron Mitchell and David Wayne.
There are a few special features including several trailers (in English, German and Italian), a MovieTone newsreel featuring the filmís premiere and a split screen restoration comparison.
Published July 18, 2002
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HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE: DVD (G)
CAST: Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, David Wayne
DIRECTOR: Jean Negulesco
RUNNING TIME: 95 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: Trailers (English, German, Italian); Split Screen restoration; MovieTone feature presentation
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Fox Home Entertainment
DVD RELEASE: July 24, 2002 (as part of Marilyn Monroe: The Diamond Collection)