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Bejeweled: 1953

Bejeweled: 1953

1953. A glittery Marilyn Monroe along with Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall and other assorted lovelies in a publicity still for the Technicolor extravaganza "How to Marry a Millionaire." Photo by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

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Snazzy shoes!

I can imagine all the lesser known ladies in this shot showing their grandkids the picture of them with Marilyn Monroe!
I wonder what those plexiglass high heels that MM is wearing would go for at auction today. I wonder what ever became of them. I'll bet they're still around and in some collecter's vault.

In Jokes

Love the in jokes in this movie--Betty Grable plays a Harry James record and Lauren Bacall tries to reassure her older suitor, played by William Powell, by telling him she like older men, "like that old man in The African Queen."

Gaudily Posh

Washington Post, November 20, 1953.

Lots of Laughs via CinemaScope

By Richard L. Coe

“How To Marry a Millionaire” is the merriest comedy I've seen in a long while. The new Palace arrival is in CinemaScope and gives you Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe and Laureen Bacall [sic] as three dazzling gold diggers.

So you can see that it's, above all, spectacular to look at — glamorous shots of Gotham, airplanes and ski country, as well as The Babes. Nunnally Johnson's script takes nice account of the three varied personalities, giving all some nifty lines. …

As to the CinemaScope technique, one is swiftly accustomed to it, though the width still strikes me as a great barrier in the development of future films. The settings are all as gaudily posh as they should be and there's even a fashion show, mercifully brief, at least for me, though the tamales are very nice indeedy. …

Good news 60 years on

Lauren Bacall, who just turned 89, is still making movies.

Those "bullet bras"

As worn by Mrs. Harry James, are two of the best things from the 50's! Anyone who differs in opinion needs to view "High School Confidential" with Mamie Van Doren (Mrs. Ray Anthony).

Zowee! is right

Great comment Stefanie. Just like Joe E. Brown in "Some Like it Hot".

Contrary to the popular expression now understand why it is actually A WOMAN'S WORLD!

Chartlotte Austin from same photo shoot!!

Who can find more?


Betty Grable really does have good legs.

Comparison time

Compare this ensemble of incredible actresses here to that of today's scrawny, puffy lipped, morose actresses and it's no contest.


I've died and gone to Heaven!

I wish

I was the one peking from behind the curtain instead of SHORPY.WOW!


Is that skin I see, peeking out from under the arms of the demure scalloped suit on the right side? Zowee!

Marilyn looks lovely, as usual. Love the lucite wedges on her heels!

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