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.
The characters appear very shallow in their quest for money and the easy life. The fact they seem to find true love by the end of the film comes across as a lucky consequence of their greedy quest, rather than that they have traded money for love. Taken lightly and granted dispensation for its time, it's an enjoyable enough fair, but not even Monroe sparkles in this for me, and the comedy is rather forced and weak.
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
It's shallow and makes women look like their only purpose in life is to get married to a random bloke for financial reasons. Still not much could be expected in the 50s. Regardless it's rather funny and enjoyable and I'm a sucker for a Bacall/Monroe duo.
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