Gentlemen Marry Brunettes

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Gentlemen Marry Brunettes
Gentlemen Brunettes.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRichard Sale
Produced byRobert Waterfield
Richard Sale
Screenplay byMary Loos
Richard Sale
Based onBut Gentlemen Marry Brunettes
by Anita Loos
StarringJane Russell
Jeanne Crain
Rudy Vallee
Alan Young
Music byRobert Farnon
CinematographyDesmond Dickinson
Edited byGrant K. Smith
Russ-Field Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • September 22, 1955 (1955-09-22) (Chicago, Illinois)
  • October 29, 1955 (1955-10-29) (New York City)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.5 million (US)[1]

Gentlemen Marry Brunettes is a 1955 technicolor 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.

The choreography was by Jack Cole, who had also contributed to the Gentlemen Prefer Blondes film. The dance ensemble includes the young Gwen Verdon.

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.


Musical numbers[edit]

The Musical Supervision is credited to “M.S.I.” Herbert Spencer and Earle Hagen.

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)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955', Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956

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