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How to Marry a Millionaire (20th Century Fox, 1953)

This 1953 romantic comedy was based on the play The Greeks Had a Word For It by Zoe Akins and Loco by Dale Eunson and Katherine Albert. How to Marry a Millionaire was the first album to be photographed in the new CinemaScope wide-screen process. (But it was the second film to be released in CinemaScope; the biblical epic The Robe was released in September 1953 while Millionaire was released in November 1953.)

How to Marry a Millionaire starred Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall and William Powell.

The women rent a luxurious penthouse in New York City in order to attract then marry millionaires. Only Schatze Page (Bacall) ends up being successful with their plans.

How to Marry a Millionaire took in about $7.5 million and was Fox’s highest grossing film of 1953.

The film won a 1954 Academy award for costume design, a 1954 Writers Guild of America award for Best American Comedy and a 1954 BAFTA for Best Film (US).

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