Genre Guesstimation – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Audrey of 1001 Movies and Beyond and she has chosen the genre of Movie Musicals.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of June by sending them to MusicalAudrey@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Audrey!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Movie Musicals.

“Don’t you know that a man being rich is like a girl being pretty? You wouldn’t marry a girl just because she’s pretty, but my goodness, doesn’t it help? ” – Lorelei Lee

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Jun 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Two showgirls traveling to Paris via an Ocean Liner get involved with a rich man, the US Olympic team and a private detective hired by the father of the boyfriend of one of them.

My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.

This film was Audrey’s choice for me to watch.

The premise is VERY 1950’s and there is no way that a film like this could be made today, but when taking it at face value, it works quite well for its time.

I really liked the way that they give us two main characters who are best friends but so very different both in their views and their physical appearances.

The ability to let us compare and contrast their views is great and they try to dispel myths about the color of a woman’s hair dictating how she acts and is perceived.

The songs are pretty fun but the best is obviously the most famous song “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”

It works well as a screwball comedy and if that’s all that you’re expecting, then you’ll enjoy yourself.

This is definitely a fun musical about the quest for Mr. Right.

Bottom Line – The premise is definitely very 1950’s and wouldn’t really be embraced by most people today as a good idea for a film.  Liked the way that they kept comparing and contrasting the ideas of love of both women and associating it with the color of their hair.  Has some fun songs and who wouldn’t be able to appreciate the song Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.  Fits closely into the genre of screwball comedy and works for what it is; a fun musical look at the way two single women try to find Mr. Right. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – For the “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” musical number, Marilyn Monroe was originally going to be dressed in nothing but bands of black velvet and masses of rhinestones, creating the illusion of a woman-sized diamond necklace. However, this design was deemed too revealing and vetoed by the studio in favor of the now iconic pink dress. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Has some nice songs and a fun premise, but not really something I would want to watch over and over again.

Rating – Globe Worthy

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