This line was ad-libbed by Marilyn… telling, isn’t it.
I LOVE THIS MOVIE SO MUCH. Marilyn and Jane Russell are hilarious, the musical numbers are so catchy, and it’s surprisingly progressive for something made in the 1950’s. The dialogue that comes just before these gifs is golden too. Marilyn’s character Lorelei is accused of wanting to marry Gus, this man’s son, just for his money. Even though the father insults her to her face, she keeps her cool and calmly replies:
"But I do love him!…You might not marry a girl just because she’s pretty, but doesn’t it help? And if you had a daughter, wouldn’t you rather she didn’t marry a poor man? You’d want her to have the most wonderful things in the world and to be very happy. Well, why is it wrong for ME to want those things?"
And that shuts him right up. Lorelei may be materialistic, but she lives in a time when a woman’s best shot at doing what she wants with her life is to have wealth…except there aren’t really any opportunities for a woman to become independently wealthy. Gus is an opportunity for Lorelei to live her life on her own terms. He’s quite willing to let her take the lead in decision making, do as she pleases, listen to her thoughts and feelings, he doesn’t treat her as if she’s stupid or even once insinuate that he expects her to be a homemaker instead of a showgirl, AND he has the money to support whatever lifestyle she chooses.
BtchFlcks has a nice little article on “The Surprising Feminism of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” that focuses more on the friendship between the two female characters, which is the preeminent relationship in the film (despite all the time the two spend chasing lovers), and passes the Bechdel test.
Even if you’re not a fan of older musicals, I highly recommend this hilarious and entertaining movie—and Marilyn’s other great, surprisingly feminist film, “Some Like It Hot.”