With the discovery this week of the biggest diamond for 100 years, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to look back at a film based around the girl’s best friend.
Ok, so that’s not true. In actual fact with a box set of 20-something Marilyn Monroe films sat by the TV waiting to be watched, where better to start than what is possibly her most famous film? In Gentelemen Prefer Blondes she plays the most materialistic person in cinema since George Lucas, showgirl Laurelie Lee, who wants a rich man and will stop at nothing to get it.
Using her feminine charm she can make any man do her bidding, with the exception of sneaky private investigator Elliot (Ernie Molone). Monroe is probably the only actor who could believably attract every man she encounters and twist them around her little finger, in spite of openly only wanting their money. Almost as good is co-star Jane Russell who serves as her total opposite, indifferent to money and looking for a nice, intelligent man.
The plot, such as it is, involves the women taking a cruise ship to Europe full of rich and important people. On the way they meet men, as well as a very amusing posh child (George Winslow). Laurelie is then accused of stealing a tiara resulting in her being arrested and put on trial.
It’s still laugh-out-loud funny and mostly in the ways that were originally intended, with some enjoyable song and dance numbers to boot. The centrepiece is Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend – the best song about diamonds ever put in a film (sorry Shirley!). Just like diamonds, this film will last forever.