20th Century Fox released How to Marry a Millionaire just a few months after its box office success with Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, hoping to continue reaping the benefits of the “Marilyn mania” then sweeping the nation. Lauren Bacall is also on hand, the perfect foil for the two dueling glamour queens, who often scores the best lines with her barbed quips that cut through the pretentiousness of the ladies’ rarefied surroundings. Bacall plays Schatze Page, a divorced model who isn’t shy of going by “Mrs. Page” when it suits her purposes. Together with her friend Pola Debevoise (Marilyn Monroe) and new recruit Loco Dempsey (Betty Grable), Schatze rents a posh Sutton Place penthouse, creating the ultimate honey trap for some unsuspecting millionaire.
This week’s question: What is your favorite “female ensemble” movie? That’s a move built around the close interaction of at least three female characters.
“The films of Pedro Almodovar, which will soon be featured at the Museum of Modern Art, offer several great examples of female ensemble films,” said host Richard Peña, “especially All About My Mother, for me, one of Pedro’s unquestionable masterpieces.”