How to Marry a Millionaire is all about gold diggers with hearts of gold. Aside from the always welcome presence of Marilyn Monroe, there are many similarities to Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Both movies were released within months of each other and have a very similar premise. Monroe wears another pink dress and someone literally says “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” It’s probably a coincidence, but Monroe was the hottest thing in Hollywood at the time. She received top-billing among her equally popular co-stars.
Betty Grable was known for her pin-up girl image and Lauren Bacall was known for her marriage to Humphrey Bogart. How to Marry a Millionaire brings New York City to life in fabulous technicolor and widescreen CinemaScope. All three women are models renting an apartment with plans of marrying a millionaire. Each model has an unusual name and their own separate misadventures with potential marks. Bacall is the more mature Schatze, Grable is the more airheaded Loco, and Monroe is the more self-conscious Pola.
They can all be pretty funny, but I got the most laughs from Pola trying not to wear glasses. The millionaires they end up dating are either too old, too bitter, or too deceptive. When their paths start to diverge, they each find themselves falling for less than wealthy men. Schatze, Loco, and Pola may technically be gold diggers, but at least they realize love is more important than money by the end. Even though one of the men ends up being an actual millionaire in a hilarious twist. How to Marry a Millionaire is three screwball comedies for the price of one.