Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1928)


Malcolm St. Clair

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a 1928 silent film directed by Mal St. Clair, co-written by Anita Loos based on her novel, and released by Paramount Pictures. No copies are known to exist, and it is now considered to be a lost film. The Broadway version Gentlemen Prefer Blondes starring Carol Channing as Lorelei Lee was mounted in 1949. It was made into the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with Jane Russell as Dorothy Shaw and Marilyn Monroe as Lorelei Lee in 1953.


In 1928 Alice was cast in the comedy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The movie was based on the popular novel by Anita Loos. Ruth Taylor played dumb blonde Lorelei Lee and Alice played her friend Dorothy Shaw. She was paid $2000 a week for her work on the film. Gentleman Prefer Blondes was a big hit and Alice’s performance got rave reviews. Sadly this silent film is now lost.


In 1953 the movie was remade as a musical starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell.



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