Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. 1953. USA. Directed by Howard Hawks
Screenplay by Charles Lederer, based on the musical comedy by Joseph Fields and Anita Loos. With Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn, George Chakiris. As a hard-working Hollywood chorus dancer, Chakiris appeared in several of the most famous musicals of the 1950s, though his most memorable (and conspicuous) appearance may be as one of the formally attired suitors beseeching Marilyn Monroe in “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” one of the four production numbers staged for the film by the brilliant choreographer Jack Cole. Chakiris introduces the film and shares memories of Monroe, with whom he also appeared in There’s No Business Like Show Business. Recent 2K digital restoration courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.