Book Vs. Movie: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is the subject of a new podcast episode in Margo Donahue’s  Book Vs. Movie series. The 1953 movie has a different plotline to Anita Loos’ classic 1925 novel, and is itself based on a 1949 stage musical adaptation. However, the two main characters – diamond-loving showgirl Lorelei Lee and her sassy brunette friend Dorothy Shaw, as played by Marilyn and Jane Russell – are closer to the author’s vision.

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The life of Anita Loos
  • The setting of the book and why the 1920s was known as the flapper era
  • Major changes between the novel and the 1953 film
  • The cast

Clips Featured:

  • Lorelei is accused of stealing in Paris
  • Gentleman Prefer Blondes trailer
  • Lorelei and Dorothy meet Henry Spofford
  • Lady Beekman shows Lorelei her tiara
  • Outro music: ‘Is There Anyone Here for Love’, Jane Russell