How to Marry a Millionaire

1953 NR 1h 35m DVD

How to Marry a Millionaire

1953 NR 1h 35m DVD
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In this classic comedy, three New York models (Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall) set up an apartment with a mission: They plan to use their looks, charm and talent to catch and marry a trio of millionaires. The gold-digging dames' outrageous man-hunting scheme does attract wealthy candidates, but, love and money don't appear to coexist; all three women must choose between the extremes.
Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, David Wayne, Rory Calhoun, Cameron Mitchell, Alexander D'Arcy, Fred Clark, William Powell
Jean Negulesco
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.55:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 4.0, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
age 11+

Common Sense Note

The only objectionable content in How to Marry a Millionaire is the premise, which is that the best thing a woman can do with her life is marry into money. It's a good opportunity to start a discussion about when in the past that was true (if ever), how things have changed, and whether more change is still needed. It's also a good opportunity to talk about how smoking in movies has changed over the years, what kind of influence it may have had on audiences, and how and why attitudes about smoking have changed. Otherwise, two or three brief kisses are shown, and there's a fair amount of social drinking.

Sexual Content

Two or three brief kisses are shown.


Not applicable


Not applicable

Social Behavior

A character says early on that "marriage is the biggest thing you can do in your life." This premise is never disputed, nor is any alternative contemplated. It's no surprise that the main message from a Hollywood romance movie of this era is to follow your heart. As much as the woman thinks happiness in marriage requires using your head, she knows she won't truly be happy unless she's really in love with the man she marries.


Steinbock beer, Cadillac, Texaco, and Chrysler are mentioned once each, and a TWA airplane is shown.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

As was typical of the era, the characters are shown drinking (champagne, rum, and beer) in social situations and smoking cigarettes and cigars frequently. Within the movie it's pretty matter of fact, but it's glamorized a bit by the mere fact that everyone looks good doing it.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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