Nothing amazing but still a fun watch. The photography, set design and stars made it very pleasant from a visual standpoint, but ultimately its just about a trio of gold brickers. The ongoing Monroe blindness bit was amusing, the Lauren Bacall/Cameron Mitchell thing was obvious early on and even an older William Powell is a nice surprise. Despite any grumbles I may have, the eye candy factor won out here for me.
It is the most commercial film possible and yet its fun. I love the camaraderie between the three stars. It may be much less daring than the progenitor, the 1932 film "The Greeks Had a Word for Them," but it has its own naughtiness. The heroines are gold diggers, after all. And Lauren Bacall has never been so delicious. She steals the film from Monroe, Grable and William Powell, believe it or not.
“I’ve always liked older men… Look at that old fellow what’s-his-name in The African Queen. Absolutely crazy about him.” Lauren Bacall referring to her real-life husband, Humphrey Bogart. in How to Marry a Millionaire – Jean Negulesco – 1953
Your standard 50s Hollywood fare. The only real highlight for me was the orchestral opening of Newman conducting Street Scene, which kind of gives you an idea of the mediocrity that this film falls into. Monroe is hilarious as usual, but the gold-digger attitude of the women grew tiresome for me. Worth a look