When I first watched Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (many years ago), I honestly expected Marilyn Monroe to completely steal all of the sparkle and attention from Jane Russell. It was, to be fair, my first Jane Russell film and my millionth (counting first time and rewatches) Marilyn Monroe film – so I didn’t really have anything to draw upon.
I was floored, honestly, by the fact that Jane Russell (literally and figuratively) kept step with Marilyn throughout the entire movie. This isn’t simply a Marilyn Show, it’s a Marilyn AND Jane Show and it is a complete delight. Not just a delight, mind you, a complete delight.
If you’ve never seen this gem, I hope you’ll see it really soon. The movie was directed by Howard Hawks and also stars two of my absolute favorite character actors, Charles Coburn and the wonderful Norma Varden.
Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes