So fake — and so fantastic. Marilyn’s porthole scene in ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’


I don’t make movies. I don’t know how. I just go see ’em. And our recent big-screening viewing, hosted by Laemmle Anniversary Classics, of the delicious Technicolor comedy, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, had us chuckling, as ever, over the great comic scene played between Marilyn Monroe, George ‘Foghorn’ Winslow, and Charles Coburn.

In the scene, La Monroe gets herself rather indelicately stuck in a too-small porthole.

Just crazy to see the reality of how this got filmed on the Western Avenue (at Sunset Boulevard, now demolished) lot of Twentieth Century-Fox. That’s director Howard Hawks seated behind the camera boom with his nose in a script. Not very glamorous — but look at those results.

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