|How to Marry a Millionaire|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jean Negulesco|
|Produced by||Nunnally Johnson|
|Screenplay by||Nunnally Johnson|
|Based on||The Greeks Had a Word for It|
by Zoe Akins
by Dale Eunson
|Music by||Cyril J. Mockridge (composer)|
Alfred Newman (direction)
|Edited by||Louis R. Loeffler|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$8 million|
How to Marry a Millionaire is a 1953 American romantic comedy film directed by Jean Negulesco and written and produced by Nunnally Johnson. The screenplay was based on the plays The Greeks Had a Word for It (1930) by Zoe Akins and Loco (1946) by Dale Eunson and Katherine Albert.
The film stars Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, and Lauren Bacall as three gold diggers, along with William Powell, David Wayne, Rory Calhoun, and Cameron Mitchell as their wealthy marks. Although Grable received top billing in the screen credits, Monroe's name was listed first in all advertising, including the trailer.
Made by 20th Century Fox, How to Marry a Millionaire was the studio's first film to be shot in the new CinemaScope wide-screen sound process, although it was the second CinemaScope film released by Fox after the biblical epic film The Robe (also 1953).
How to Marry a Millionaire was the first 1960s color and CinemaScope film ever to be shown on prime-time network television, though panned-and-scanned, when it was presented as the first film on NBC Saturday Night at the Movies on September 23, 1961.