Gentlemen Marry Brunettes
|Gentlemen Marry Brunettes|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Richard Sale|
|Produced by||Robert Waterfield
|Screenplay by||Mary Loos
|Based on||But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes
by Anita Loos
|Music by||Robert Farnon|
|Edited by||Grant K. Smith|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Running time||99 minutes|
|Box office||$1.5 million (US)|
Gentlemen Marry Brunettes is a 1955 musical film produced by Russ-Field productions, starring Jane Russell and Jeanne Crain, and released by United Artists. It was directed by Richard Sale, produced by the director and Bob Waterfield (Russell's husband) with Robert Bassler as executive producer, from a screenplay by Mary Loos and Sale, based on the novel But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes by Anita Loos.
Anita Loos was the author of the novel and play Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which had been turned into a smash film with Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe two years before. The studio attempted to repeat the formula, with Russell returning but Jeanne Crain stepping in for a presumably otherwise engaged Monroe (both women played new characters). Alan Young (later the star of TV's Mr. Ed), Scott Brady (brother of Lawrence Tierney), and Rudy Vallee also appear. This film was not as well received as the earlier one.
Anita Loos had entitled her book But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, but the studio dropped the first word from the title for the film.
Bonnie and Connie Jones are showgirls, who are also sisters. They are sick and tired of New York as well as not getting anywhere. Quitting Broadway, the sisters decided to travel to Paris to become famous and find true love.
- Jane Russell as Bonnie Jones / Mimi Jones
- Jeanne Crain as Connie Jones / Mitzi Jones
- Alan Young as Charlie Biddle / Mrs. Biddle / Mr. Henry Biddle
- Scott Brady as David Action
- Rudy Vallee as Himself
- Guy Middleton as Earl of Wickenwave
- Eric Pohlmann as M. Ballard
- Robert Favart as Hotel Manager
- Guido Lorraine as M. Marcel
- Ferdy Mayne as M. Dufond
Incidental Music Composed and Conducted by Robert Farnon.
- “Gentlemen Marry Brunettes” (music by Herbert Spencer and Earle Hagen, lyrics by Richard Sale)
- (note: screen credit gives “Sung by Johnny Desmond”, but the song is only heard in a male choral arrangement)
- “I Wanna Be Loved By You” (music by Herbert Stothart and Harry Ruby, lyrics by Bert Kalmar)
- “Have You Met Miss Jones?” (music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart)
- “My Funny Valentine” (music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart)
- "I’ve Got Five Dollars” (music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart)
- “Daddy” (music & lyrics by Bobby Troup)
- “Miss Annabelle Lee” (music & lyrics by Sydney Clare and Lou Pollock)
- “You’re Driving Me Crazy” (music & lyrics by Walter Donaldson)
- “Ain’t Misbehavin’” (music & lyrics by Thomas ‘Fats’ W. Waller, Harry Brooks, and Andy Razaf)
- 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955', Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956