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BFF’s: Guys that Got the Girl – In the Movies

The American cinema history is full of handsome and talented stars that contributed mightily to the art of making movies as the romantic leads. This week, brings you four of the finest leading male actors in Hollywood: Sir Lawrence Olivier directed and starred with Marilyn Monroe in 1957’s The Prince and the Showgirl; Cary Grant starred with Irene Dunne in 1941’s Penny Serenade; Randolph Scott starred with Mala Powers in 1955’s Rage at Dawn and finally, Montgomery Clift starred with Jennifer Jones in 1953’s Indiscretion of an American Wife. Sit back, relax and watch as these men teach all the others how to romance a girl.

Yours truly,
Where you’ll find Movies you love with Stars you know.


The Prince and the Showgirl – Laurence Olivier & Marilyn Monroe

The Prince and The Showgirl is the 1957 romantic comedy directed by and co-starring Laurence Olivier with Marilyn Monroe, Richard Wattis, Dame Sybil Thorndike, Jean Kent, Jeremy Spenser and David Horne. Set in London in 1911, it tells the tale of a dignified prince in London for Royal business that falls in love with a traveling showgirl and their whirlwind courtship during the pompous Royal festivities. With their diverse backgrounds, can they make it work? Love always wins!

Penny Serenade – Cary Grant and Irene Dunne

Glamour, laughter and tragedy converge in the 1941 romantic drama, Penny Serenade. George Stevens directs Irene Dunn and Cary Grant in telling a gripping and heart-wrenching story of a couple’s big dreams giving way to unexpected tragedy and redemptive joy. An emotional roller coaster of a melodrama that is sentimental in the extreme, Penny Serenade balances moments of heartbreaking pathos with uproarious laughter. Only director Stevens could have handled a scene with a copiously weeping Cary Grant without causing embarrassment. Nonetheless, Penny Serenade will require having at least one box of tissues on hand.

Rage at Dawn – Randolph Scott and Mala Powers

Rage at Dawn is a 1955 Tim Whelan western drama starring Randolph Scott, Forrest Tucker, Mala Powers and Edgar Buchanan telling the complex story of the Reno Brothers and their sister who believe they are above the law, until the Peterson Detective Agency sends a former Civil War secret agent to set up the brothers in a train robbery sting. Oh – and of course, Scott’s character, the stinging agent/detective, also wins the heart of the sister.

Indiscretion of an American Wife – Montgomery Clift and Jennifer Jones

Indiscretion of an American Wife – originally titled Stazione Termini – is a 1953 black & white Vittorio De Sica – directed story of a doomed love affair between an Italian man and an American woman starring Montgomery Clift opposite Jennifer Jones. As eye-candy for both sexes, their appeal was further enhanced with fabulous wardrobes designed by Christian Dior who won the 1955 Academy Award for Best Costume Design for this film.

The Enduring Allure of Marilyn Monroe

Slightly more than 200 books have been published about her since the death of Marilyn Monroe on August 5th, 1962. Complex, mysterious and often misunderstood, she was nonetheless a blonde bombshell, sex goddess and incomparable femme fatale who has continued to mesmerize us since her untimely passing 55 years ago at age 36.

This week’s MovieZoot Watchlist offers a mosaic, a puzzle comprised of quotes from the actors, directors and colleagues who worked with Marilyn Monroe on four of her most famous films in’s classics catalogue, which we have the pleasure of featuring in this week’s MovieZoot Watchlist.. But it is what we don’t know about Marilyn Monroe that deepens the unprecedented hold this woman still commands over popular culture.

Joshua Logan, Director of “Bus Stop”
“I’ve encountered two actors who I consider to be geniuses on screen.
One is Marlon Brando and the other is Marilyn Monroe.”

Jack Cole, Choreographer of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”
“The motivation of her tardiness is a terrible fear of failure. Here is a great star without the proper background. She is always looking for more time — a hem out of line, a mussed hair, a scene to discuss. Anything to avoid doing something for which she feels inadequate.”

Lauren Bacall, Co-Star in “How To Marry A Millionaire”
”She had no meanness in her. No bitchery. She just had to concentrate on herself and people who were there to help her.”

Dame Sybil Thorndike, Co-Star in “The Prince and The Showgirl”
“While working with her on the set, I thought, ‘Oh, she’ll never come through, she’s so small scale.’ Then I went to see the rushes and it was ALL there. She was a revelation, the perfect screen actress. And it’s always there, in all her movies. That perfect quality.”

Yours Truly,
Where you’ll find Movies you love with Stars you know.

Bus Stop

Screen Shot 2017-08-24 at 12.00.47 PMThis film adaptation of William Inge’s romantic comedy-drama was considered pretty hot stuff in its day, which was 1956. Directed by Joshua Logan, the film stars Marilyn Monroe as the kind of woman who can’t understand why she always brings out the worst in men. A singer who has attracted the attention of a young rodeo rider (Don Murray) whom she meets on a bus, she finds herself trapped at a bus stop in the middle of nowhere during a blizzard. The young cowboy, whose intentions are honorable, can’t control his temper and can’t understand why this experienced woman won’t take him seriously – and why she rejects him when he begins acting jealous and possessive. Love takes its lumps but comes out slugging in the end, with Marilyn at her vulnerable, jaded best.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Screen Shot 2017-08-24 at 12.02.48 PMMarilyn Monroe is the blonde in question: Miss Lorelei Lee, whose philosophy is “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” Together with her best friend Dorothy (Jane Russell), showgirl Lorelei embarks upon a boat trip to Paris, where she intends to marry millionaire Gus Esmond (Tommy Noonan). En route, the girls are bedeviled by private detective Malone (Elliot Reid), hired by Esmond’s father (Taylor Holmes) to make certain that Lorelei isn’t just another gold-digger. When Dorothy falls in love with the poverty-stricken Malone, Lorelei decides to find her pal a wealthier potential husband.

How To Marry A Millionaire

Screen Shot 2017-08-24 at 12.05.56 PMAlong with Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe plays one of three New York City models of modest means who rent an expensive Manhattan penthouse apartment and pose as women of wealth. Tired of cheap men in cheap suits, it’s all part of a scheme hatched by Bacall to snare rich husbands for herself and her roommates. They intend to use all their talents to trap and marry three millionaires. The trouble is that it’s not so easy to tell the rich men from the hucksters – and even when they can, is the money really worth it?

The Prince and The Showgirl

Screen Shot 2017-08-24 at 12.07.10 PMMarilyn Monroe and Sir Lawrence Olivier mix it up when Grandduke Charles, (Olivier) the prince-regent of Carpathia, a fictitious Balkan country which could start a European war by switching alliances, visits London for the coronation of the new British King in 1911, spends his one evening off at the Coconut Girl Club. The reputed stickler for protocol is so charmed by Elsie, the clumsy American understudy charming and cleverly played by Monroe, that he orders his British attaché to invite her to the embassy for a private supper. Unbeknownst to the Grandduke and his aids, Elsie understands German and learns of the repressive attitude of the regent and the plans of his reformist, pro-German minor son, King Nicholas, to take over power by surprise, but doesn’t dodge and tries to reconcile father and son. Surprise of surprises, the queen-dowager takes a liking to Elsie and decides to make her lady-in-waiting for the coronation day, so she stays in the picture.

Tough Guys

It’s easy to forget the legendary tough guys who didn’t need to hide behind superpowers, a super suit or super explosives. But we’ll bet you the badasses starring in this week’s MovieZoot Watchlist picks from our classic movie collection can match every Superman, Batman or Robocop, foiling villains by relying only on brains, brawn and the occasional weapon or two.

This week, watch some of the biggest toughest guys in the history of tough guy films with Marlon Brando in the 1961 western”One-Eyed Jacks,” Charles Bronson in the 1973 action-packed “Chino,” Bruce Lee in the 1971 classic “Fists of Fury” and John Wayne in the 1970 gun-blazing western adventure “Rio Lobo.”

While super powers or super suits could make things infinitely easier for these dudes, what makes them so endearing to audiences is that some of them could be any of us.

Yours truly,
Where you’ll find Movies you love with Stars you know.


“Chino”Filmed in 1973, true Western adventure and action abound with Charles Bronson as Chino Valdez, a horse breeder in New Mexico shunned by everyone for being half Native American. But his loner lifestyle shifts when he houses a young runaway and trains him in horse breeding. Meanwhile, a wealthy rancher named Maral, played by Marcel Bozzufi, tries to force Chino to leave town so he can claim his horses and break up the romance between Chino and his sister, played by Jill Ireland.

Fists of Fury

“FistsA 1972 classic, after his kung fu master is murdered, martial arts expert Bruce Lee vows vengeance. He discovers that a Japanese drug smuggling ring is behind it all and takes action with a Capitol A.

One-Eyed Jacks

“One-EyedMarlon Brando not only stars in this 1973 Western but directed the tale of intrigue and betrayal. Released from jail for a bank heist, his character, Rio, learns that his partner in crime, Dad Longworth—played by Karl Malden—has become a wealthy and influential lawman thanks to the loot they stole. Rio thirsts for revenge but bides his time, waiting for the right moment to strike.

Rio Lobo

“RioJohn Wayne is at his give ‘em hell best in the 1971 portrayal of Cord McNally. The last of his Civil War characterizations, he plays Cord McNally, a Union Army colonel who loses a gold shipment in a Confederate raid, during which a devoted young officer is also killed. After the end of the war, McNally bears no ill-will toward the leaders of the raid, Pierre Cordona (Jorge Rivero) and Tuscarora Phillips (Christopher Mitchum), who were acting as soldiers, but he still wants the two unknown men on the Union side who they say sold them the information about the gold shipments. A year later, McNally crosses paths with one of the men, now a deputy from Rio Lobo.