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How to Marry a Millionaire Selected for a Revisit

16 March 2019

otsoNY will shortly be revisiting the 1953 classic “How to Marry a Millionaire” starring Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable as three New York models set-up in an exclusive apartment trying to secure their future happiness by marrying a millionaire. The film locations on otsoNY were originally posted in June 2011, and since then the Blu-Ray version of the film has been released offering sharper screen grabs. Beside the apartment building at 36 Sutton Place South, additional locations such as the George Washington Bridge and La Guardia Airport will be included along with some iconic views of New York City from the era to include the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building.

The film centers on the resourceful Schatze Page, the spunky Loco Dempsey, and the ditzy Pola DeBevoise who rent a luxurious Sutton Place penthouse in New York City from Freddie Denmark, who is avoiding the IRS by living in Europe. The women plan to use the apartment to attract rich men and marry them, but when money is tight, Schatze pawns some of Freddie's furniture, without his knowledge. To their dismay, as winter approaches, the furnishings continue to be sold off as they have no luck. One day, Loco carries in some groceries, assisted by Tom Brookman, who is very interested in Schatze, but she dismisses him, thinking he is poor. She tries repeatedly to brush him off as she sets her sights on the charming, classy widower J.D. Hanley, whose worth is irreproachably large. All the while she is stalking the older J.D., Tom, who is actually very wealthy, keeps after her. After every one of their dates, she tells him she never wants to see him again as she refuses to marry a poor man again.

Film: How to Marry a Millionaire

Meanwhile, Loco becomes acquainted with a grumpy businessman, Waldo Brewster. He is married, but she agrees to go with him to his lodge in Maine, mistakenly thinking she is going to meet a bunch of Elks Club members. When they arrive, Loco is disappointed to find that the businessman was hoping to have an affair with her and set them up in a dingy lodge instead of the glamorous one she was expecting. She attempts to leave, but has to stay due to the trains not able to come till the next day. Waldo comes down with the measles and has to stay in the lodge until cured. He is nursed back to health with the help of Loco, who then meets Eben Salem, and of which she thinks owns most of the surrounding land. She has no trouble transferring her affections to the handsome outdoorsman and they become engaged. When she finds out that he is just a forest ranger, she is very disappointed, but Loco realizes that she loves him and is willing to overlook his financial shortcomings.

Film: How to Marry a Millionaire

The third member of the group, Pola, has myopia, but hates to wear her glasses in the presence of men She falls for a phony Arab oil tycoon, J. Stewart Merrill, not knowing he is actually a crooked speculator. Luckily, when she takes a plane from LaGuardia Airport to meet him, she misreads Kansas City for Atlantic City on an airport sign and ends up on the wrong plane. She sits next to a man, also wearing glasses, who thinks she is quite a strudel and encourages her to wear her glasses. It turns out that he is the mysterious Freddie Denmark on his way to Kansas City to find the crooked accountant who got him into trouble with the IRS. He does not have much luck when he tracks the man down, but he and Pola become enamoured with each other and eventually marry.

Film: How to Marry a Millionaire

Film: How to Marry a Millionaire

Loco and Pola are reunited with Schatze just before her wedding to J.D. Schatze finds herself unable to go through with the wedding and confesses to J.D. that she is in love with Tom. He graciously understands and agrees to call off the wedding. Tom is among the wedding attendees and the two reconcile and marry, with Schatze still not knowing that he is rich. Afterwards, the three happy couples end up at a greasy spoon, dining on hamburgers. Schatze jokingly asks Eben and Freddie about their financial prospects, which are slim. When she finally gets around to Tom, he casually admits a net worth of around $200 million, and lists an array of holdings, which none of the others appear to take seriously. He then calls for the check, pulls out an enormous wad of money, and pays with a $1,000 bill, telling the chef to keep the change. The three astonished women faint dead away onto the floor. Tom then proposes the men drink a toast to their unconscious wives.

Film: How to Marry a Millionaire

In 2007, Nicole Kidman bought the rights to "How to Marry a Millionaire" under her production company Blossom Films, and at the time there were runours she was set to produce and possibly star in a remark, as yet this has not happened.


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