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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1928)




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The present unavailability of 1928's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is especially frustrating for those who'd like to compare this first version of the classic Anita Loos comic novel to the 1953 Marilyn Monroe-Jane Russell remake. The blonde in question is Miss Lorelei Lee, a dumb-like-a-fox golddigger on the prowl for a rich husband. With her best friend Dorothy Shaw (Alice White), Lorelei takes a trip to Gay Paree, where among other adventures she gets mixed up with roguish old millionaire Sir Francis Beekman (Mack Swain). Eventually she finds that true love doesn't come with a price tag, or does it? Ford Sterling and Holmes Herbert co-star as Lorelei and Dorothy's middle-aged swains. Lorelei herself is played by Ruth Taylor, a onetime Mack Sennett bathing beauty who retired from films upon her marriage to a Manhattan stockbroker (life imitates art!) Incidentally, Taylor was the mother of humorist Buck Henry. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Yorke Sherwood
as Mr. Jennings
Holmes Herbert
as Henry Spofford
Emily Fitzroy
as Lady Beckman
Chester Conklin
as The Judge
Blanche Frederici
as Miss Chapman
Trixie Friganza
as Mrs. Spoffard
Mack Swain
as Francis Beekman
Ford Sterling
as Gus Eisman
Luke Cosgrave
as Lorelei's Grandfather
Ruth Taylor
as Lorelei Lee
Ed Faust
as Robert
Margaret Seddon
as Lorelei's Mother
Alice White
as Dorothy Shaw
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Critic Reviews for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

A splendid pictorial translation of Anita Loos's book.

September 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Ruth Taylor has expressed tho character with surprising subtlety. She is exactly Anita Loos's Lorelei, all demureness and simplicity at a casual view, but composed of nothing but the most ingenious self seeking when one gets to know her better.

September 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Altogether, in its slyly sympathetic exposition of gold-digging as a fine art, the picture has precisely the delicious flavour of its literary model.

September 29, 2020 | Full Review…

No howls, but steady laughs.

September 29, 2020 | Full Review…

It manages to miss the main point of Anita Loos's original manuscript, and if you ask me what that point is, I shall have to break down and confess that I don't just know.

October 4, 2021 | Full Review…

It shapes up well enough in situations and characters, but for the life of it the sparkle of the book and the play was unable to be captured.

September 29, 2020 | Full Review…

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