Monday, August 5, 2013
Ask Me a Question: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
The Autumnal Equinox (the end of summer) doesn't occur until 9.22 but this past weekend was my last outdoor screening of the season. You're probably all used to reading about manly, macho men and ways to be kick ass but Saturday was a change of pace for the lady with 1953's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at the Oscars Outdoors.
Starring the blonde myth herself, Marilyn Monroe and buxom outlaw brunette Jane Russell, GPB is a fun time at the movies filled with humor, musical numbers and a whole lotta double entendres. Directed by Howard Hawks...wait, Howard Hawks? You mean the guy who made John Wayne a star with Red River? The guy who produced The Thing From Another World and directed everyone from Robert Mitchum to Clark Gable to Humphrey Bogart to James Caan? Yup. I guess macho, manly and kick ass are never far from the mind of Dammaged Goods.
Monroe is endearingly sweet as the dumb but maybe smart Lorelei which is balanced out by Russell's more aware, primal and simple living Shaw. Hawks gives the two women all of the power in the film as they're the commotion of every crowd, the main attraction at every show and the desire of every man. Their beauty might be on display but it's their charm, wit, show-womanship and confidence that keeps us interested.