Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

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how to marry a millionaireLight on substance but heavy on charm, How to Marry a Millionaire is one of those classic films in which the humor and wit still hold up for modern audiences.

Three gold digging women, mastermind Schatze (Lauren Bacall), spunky Loco (Betty Grable), and ditzy Pola (Marilyn Monroe), rent out a lavish New York City apartment without any way to pay for it–except with the hope that they will soon attract and marry millionaires. But months go by with no marriage prospects in sight, and the women end up secretly selling all the furniture in the apartment in order to pay the rent. Will the girls be able to catch a rich fish before the next rent payment is due, or will true love get in the way?

While I balk at the premise, I nevertheless really enjoyed this movie. But I have to say that even though Marilyn Monroe takes top billing, I think the real star of the show is Lauren Bacall. I love her character’s coolly composed demeanor and determined resourcefulness. If she were a real person in 2015, I’m sure she’d be a millionaire by her own devices.

Check the PPLC Catalog for How to Marry a Millionaire.

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