Analysis Of The Movie ' I Marry A Millionaire, Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall And Betty Grable

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In How to Marry a Millionaire, Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable play three young, posh models who live together in a luxurious New York City apartment. The girls have but one mission: marry a wealthy man no matter how old, boring, or ugly he may be. The film possesses a certain comedic quality similar to that of the Three Stooges. Shatze Page, the central character played by Lauren Bacall, appears to be the brains of the trio while the two other women are portrayed as dim-witted blondes who are simply following along with a scheme concocted by the seemingly ever-stern brunette. In fact, throughout the film the women are depicted as weak, simple, and generally inferior to the men that they pursue. Their absolute goal in life is to impress men. They had no desire to advance their careers or further their education, they simply wanted to marry a wealthy man and spend their remaining days living in ignorant luxury. This could reflect the fact that many women were not working at the time of production, most attended to the home and children full time. In 1953, only 25% of women in the country were working. Pola Debevoise, the character played by Marilyn Monroe, requires glasses to see. She describes herself as “blind as a bat without them.” Yet, she spends a large amount of the film bumping into walls and speaking to inanimate objects because she refuses to wear them around men. The harsh censorship of the 1950s is glaringly apparent when states, “men aren’t

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