Genre Guesstimation – How to Marry a Millionaire (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 me and we will be reviewing our favorite Oscar Nominated or Winning Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Mar by sending them to andtheOscargoesto…

Try to think out of the box!

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 Oscar Nominated or Winning Movies……….

“[Referring to older men marrying young women] Look at Roosevelt, look at Churchill, look at that old fella what’s his name in The African Queen.” – Schatze Page

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Mar 2022)

Brief Synopsis – Three women do all they can to try to find a rich husband.

My Take on it – This is another film that wasn’t even close to being on my radar until I saw that it was nominated for an Oscar for Costume Design and fit into this month’s genre.

Unfortunately, this film is a mess.

The story is over simplified and everything that occurs feels far too superficial.

The dialogue is painstaking to listen to and despite a great cast that includes Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall and Marilyn Monroe, it never manages to really find its voice along the way.

None of the characters are sympathetic and in actually, the way that things play out make the viewer start to despise the actions of the the characters because of their very superficial nature.

I’m actually a bit surprised that these talented women signed on for such a film because there aren’t very many redeeming qualities of the story as it is presented.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Lauren Bacall’s character, Schatze, says, “I’ve always liked older men . . . Look at that old fellow what’s-his-name in “The African Queen (1951).” Absolutely crazy about him.” She is referring to her then real-life husband, Humphrey Bogart. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not at all. Story moves along too slowly and the characters lack any kind of real development.

Rating – Razzie Worthy (2/10)


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