When I was a little kid I loved to watch old movies with my mother. We would sit down and watch comedies, love stories and musicals for hours and I would dream of being one of the women in the films. I loved musicals like "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers", "The Sound of Music" and anything with Marilyn Monroe in it. Miss Monroe has always been my style icon, from the way she dressed to the way she moved, to the way she carried herself. She will always be my idea of the ideal woman. When I watch her films I still find myself imitating her laugh, the way she slung her hands on her hips and of course her bleach blonde hair. I love all of her movies whether they are serious or funny, but "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" is one of my favorites and the Redford Theatre is having a few special viewings of it this weekend.
"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" was released in 1953 and featured the very famous Jane Russell alongside Marilyn Monroe. This movie has Marilyn playing Lorelei Lee and Jane Russell as Dorothy Shaw, two showgirls who are also best friends. Lorelei has a passion for diamonds and rich men and will stop at no end to get both. She finds a wealthy nerd named Gus Esmond, played by Tommy Noonan, who is willing to do anything she wants, but there is one problem. His father is the boss and controls all of this rich man’s finances. The movie follows the ladies through all their hijinks while Lorelei tries to marry a rich man and Dorothy tries to find true love. The most memorable or famous part of the film is when Monroe preforms “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”. The pink dress she wore is iconic and has been copied by everyone from Madonna, Geri Halliwell, Kylie Minouge, Nicole Kidman, Anna Nicole Smith, Christina Aguilera and even James Franco. My favorite line from the movie comes from Marilyn. She is trying to pursue her rich suitors father to let him marry her and she says, “I don’t want to marry him for his money, I want to marry him for your money. Don’t you know that a man being rich is like a woman being pretty? You wouldn’t marry a girl for being pretty, but doesn’t it help?” You can’t help but laugh a little when you hear that argument. Very Monroe.
The Redford Theatre is having a special viewing of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" this Friday and Saturday with live organ music for a half an hour before the viewing. Friday, doors are at 7 p.m., music is at 7:30 and the movie starts at 8. Saturday, doors are at 1 p.m., music is at 1:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 2 for the first showing; doors are at 7 p.m., music at 7:30 p.m. and the movie is at 8 p.m. for the second showing. All seats at the theater for this event are only $4 a person. The movie is one hour thirty-one minutes long and you can find more information at redfordtheatre.com, including future events.