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Bombshell on the Box – Jane alert!

January 25, 2010

GENTLEMEN MARRY BRUNETTES, TCM, Tues Jan 26, 7.05pm and Wed 27, 11.05am

Don’t be fooled by the title: this is no sequel to the bombshell bonanza that is Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

This 1955 comedy – also based on a classic Anita Loos book (and scripted by her niece) – may, like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, feature Jane Russell (left) as a showgirl but this time she’s playing the dumb brunette who is looked after by her more sensible sister (Jeanne Crain, right).

Not that the plot matters, but the film charts the siblings’ adventures as they decide to give up on Broadway and try la vie Parisienne.

All you really need to know is that there are glorious costumes by Travilla, who kitted Marilyn Monroe out in most of her films and whose work in Valley of the Dolls makes him something of a cult figure…

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