Marilyn’s first big role after her breakthrough in “Niagara” is alongside Jane Russell in Howard Hawks’ musical comedy, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” which follows two gold-digging dames working their way to Paris on a transatlantic cruise. The duo balance sex appeal and sarcasm delightfully, and while the film’s narrative hasn’t dated particularly well it’s instead known for its dazzling musical numbers.
The opening duet, “Two Little Girls from Little Rock,” features the two dressed in sparkling red as they strut their stuff on stage. Russell’s “Ain’t There Anyone Here for Love” could be considered one of the campiest musical numbers ever, singing as she goes around touching a glorious parade of manflesh. Monroe’s performance of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” is perhaps the most iconic scene and has been copied by dozens of entertainers over the years.
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