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|
|Box office||$1.5 million (US)|
Gentlemen Marry Brunettes is a 1955 romantic musical comedy 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 (singing voice was dubbed by Anita Ellis)
- Alan Young as Charlie Biddle / Mrs. Biddle / Mr. Henry Biddle
- Scott Brady as David Action (singing voice was dubbed by Robert Farnon)
- 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) - Sung by Chorus.
- (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) - Sung by Jane Russell, Jeanne Crain (dubbed by Anita Ellis) and Rudy Vallee.
- “Have You Met Miss Jones?” (music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart) - Sung by Rudy Vallee, Jane Russell, Jeanne Crain (dubbed by Anita Ellis), Scott Brady (dubbed by Robert Farnon) and Alan Young, Danced by Jane Russell and Jeanne Crain.
- “My Funny Valentine” (music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart) - Sung by Jeanne Crain (dubbed by Anita Ellis) and Alan Young.
- "I’ve Got Five Dollars” (music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart) - Sung by Jane Russell and Scott Brady (dubbed by Robert Farnon).
- “Daddy” (music & lyrics by Bobby Troup) - Sung and Danced by Jane Russell and Jeanne Crain (dubbed by Anita Ellis).
- “Miss Annabelle Lee” (music & lyrics by Sydney Clare and Lou Pollock) - Sung by Chorus, Danced by Jane Russell, Jeanne Crain and Chorus.
- “You’re Driving Me Crazy” (music & lyrics by Walter Donaldson) - Sung and Danced by Jane Russell and Jeanne Crain (dubbed by Anita Ellis).
- “Ain’t Misbehavin’” (music & lyrics by Thomas ‘Fats’ W. Waller, Harry Brooks, and Andy Razaf) - Sung and Danced by Alan Young, Jane Russell, Jeanne Crain (dubbed by Anita Ellis) and Chorus.
- 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955', Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956