Okay, Messrs Weinstein, Schneiderman, R. Kelly, Richard Meier, Charlie Rose and the rest of you girl-slapping/lady-beating/colleague-abusing/dirty-talking/bathrobe-flapping/wiener-exposing power-guys!
Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe, formidable glamazons in Jack Cole’s “Two Little Girls from Little Rock,” which opens GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953) with a bang, want to share their version of gender politics. A big boomerang of woman power heading your way, back at you! Because in case you did not know it, ladies prefer gentlemen … and gentlemen prefer blondes.
Warning: this Jack Cole number must-viewing on the big screen
Laemmle Anniversary Classics will celebrate the Howard Hawks-helmed movie-musical’s 65th on June 5, days away from dear Marilyn’s June 1 birthday. And we’ll be there.
Lorelei Lee (Monroe) and her bestie, Dorothy (Russell) use their every xy chromosome — brains, sex, humor, playing-dumb-while-acting-smart, even bootie-wiggling in skin-tight Travilla gowns — to outwit men at every turn. This stone-age behavior dates to the 1950s — the bad old days before women were “liberated.”
In a brief talk before the film, I’ll be celebrating the prescient genius behind “Gentlemen”‘s dance numbers, Jack Cole, whose dance-masterpiece in this movie is “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.”
Join me for “Talkin’ Jack Cole” prior to the GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953). Special offer from Laemmle Theatres for arts·meme subscribers: $1.00 popcorn!
thank you, doc macro, for the marvelous image
Debra Levine ‘Talkin’ Jack Cole’ | prior to GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE double feature | Laemmle Anniversary Classics | Laemmle Royal Theatre | June 5, 7 pm