Marilyn, Betty and Lauren HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE - Saturday Morning at The Hi-Pointe Theater - We Are Movie Geeks


Marilyn, Betty and Lauren HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE – Saturday Morning at The Hi-Pointe Theater

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“Wealthy men are never old!”

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HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE screens Saturday morning, November 21st, at 10:30am at The Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave, St. Louis). This is a fundraiser for The Cottey College Scholarship Fund and admission is $10.  


HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE is a 1953 romantic comedy based on the plays The Greeks Had a Word for It by Zoe Akins and Loco by Dale Eunson and Katherine Albert. The film stars Marilyn Monroe, St. Louis’ own Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall as three gold diggers along with William Powell, David Wayne, Rory Calhoun, Cameron Mitchell, Alex D’Arcy, and Fred Clark.It was directed by Jean Negulesco and produced and written by Nunnally Johnson.


In order to meet wealthy husbands, three beautiful women take an apartment in one of Manhattan’s most affluent areas, on the corner of East 55th St. and Sutton Place. Naive moocher Betty Grable (as Loco Dempsey), visually impaired Marilyn Monroe (as Pola Debevoise), and sensible model Lauren Bacall (as Schatze Page) date both eligible and ineligible men, including suave senior William Powell (as J.D. Hanley). This all-too familiar plot works well in CinemaScope and Technicolor. Key to the success is the teaming of the World War II pin-up girl, sultry Bogart co-star, and platinum blonde bombshell. These three fill the new wide-screen format perfectly, without clashing. Their “advice” about being in the right place is certainly correct. Monroe, Grable and Bacall had other assets, too.


Along with THE ROBE, HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE was the premiere event for CinemaScope, and it also provided a breathless introduction to stereophonic sound. It won’t exactly be in CinemaScoop when it screens at The Hi-Pointe this Saturday morning, but this will be a real treat to see on the big screen.


The $10 admission includes a donation to the Cottey College Scholarship Fund, a small soda and popcorn, and of course, a classic movie on The Hi-Pointe’s wonderful massive screen.

The Hi-Pointe’s site can be found HERE

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