Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is showing at the historic Hippodrome Cinema in Bo’ness, Scotland this bank holiday weekend, May 7-8th.
“At heart this dazzling technicolour musical is all about friendship, with two women working together to outwit men at every turn. Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell are the nightclub chanteuses who slay all day, taking a trip to Paris on one gentleman’s dime and romancing others en route. It’s not that they’re in need of money – they’re a headlining act – but that they’re boundless in ambition and amused by the way men throw themselves at their feet. The story is based on the classic novel by Anita Loos, one of the great wits of the early 20th century (check out her sequel, But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, for more laughs), and its stage musical adaptation. And even allowing for the fact that much of the plot revolves around marrying rich, Loos and Monroe’s defence of gold-digging is one for the ages, and surprisingly hard to argue with.” – Helen O’ Hara, Grazia