Wednesday, February 10, 2010

How to Marry a Millionaire (according to Schatze Page)

Perhaps a foremother to Sex and the City, and one of my absolute favorite movies, not only because it's fun to watch, the costumes are fantastic, the actors amazing, the soundtrack super catchy, and the street scenes of 1950's New York mesmerizing, but the sets...oh, the sets... are aces! How to Marry a Millionaire was released in 1953 and broke a multitude of records in terms of advancement in technology. It starred Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, and Lauren Bacall. It's a story about three beautiful New York women searching for millionaires, but ending up with true loves. Schatze was the great exception, she found love in a millionaire (lucky gal).

At the start of the movie, Schatze shows up at an appointment to look at a penthouse at Sutton Place South and East 55th.

The ladies are perpetually broke so they contact auto dealerships to "demonstrate rides" for them. It's cheaper than a taxi!

Schatze arriving in the sparsely, yet elegantly, decorated entry.

Schatze first enters the dreamy apartment.

A view looking out to the veranda and painted backdrop of New York.

Schatze sits to write a check for the deposit; first and last months rent. I love, love, love the dining table-cum-writing table.

Marilyn, Pola, shows up to share the apartment with Schatze.

Hot dogs and champagne on the veranda.

A view of the apartment before the furniture was sold to make money to pay for rent.

The apartment after the furniture was sold. I'm crazy about that chair in the background.

In the end they all get married and I suppose live happily ever after.

****sorry for the poor picture quality****


  1. one of my top favorite movies. I have a theater placard for this and for gigi framed that I haven't had hanging for years -maybe it's time?
    I think the funniest thing is that Grable's name is "loco" for crazy -and her dream about the hotdog and beer while marilyn and Lauren dream about jewels!!
    A good dvd for a snowy day :-) I'm off to watch it now!

  2. ArchitectDesign (Stefan) -Of course it's also one of your favorite movies! I hope you enjoy it in the cozy comfort of your home. It's dreadful outside today!

  3. I absolutely adore this film and funnily enough, have been in quite the Marilyn mood lately. In fact, I was researching photos of her today for a future post! Great minds...

  4. I haven't watched this in years! I should have paid more attention the first time! :)

  5. man o man...........
    if only life were like the movies.

  6. One of the all time fun movies, only surpassed by Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which is in my pantheon of the absolute greatest!

  7. Mod Traditionalist -Great minds indeed! : )

    Mr. Blue -ha ha ha, Schatze was a smart cookie!

    Renee -If only... Maybe it is, but we haven't realized it yet.

    Reggie -Yes, that's a great one too. Marilyn is a delight to watch.

  8. I love, love, love this film!! Lauren Bacall is my idol! Her husky voice does it for me!

  9. Oh, ASD, me too! It's such a great film, and Lauren Bacall... I want to be her when I grow up! I wish my voice was as sultry and mysterious as hers.... and those eyes!

  10. I still have to learn how to marry a mill...
    will it be enough watch the movie again 3 or 4 times?

  11. Massi -I'm sorry to say, but no it will not. If that were the case, I would have married at least a dozen millionaires by now. But, it couldn't hurt to watch it a few more times!

  12. My hubs is the one that loves the old movies. You've made me want to watch this one! I did watch Breakfast at Tiffanys recently, and got some of the same feelings..incredible costuming, and I'd long forgotten, one character is a designer.

  13. Just to let you know, the chair in the distance is being remade by a designer in West Hollywood. The name of the store is Hollywood Home, he did a really good job reproducing them. I two, love this movie, it's perfect when you're in bed with a cold.

  14. Love this movie too....especially for the decor...but then it's almost always about the decor for me, with movies.

    I always wanted a NYC painted backdrop for my windows. Maybe I'll get on to that tonight.

    Love your blog by the way!

  15. AuroraSuzette -Thanks for stopping by my modest little blog! Well, your hubs, as you say, must have great taste for a.) appreciating classic film, and b.) appreciating you! Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of my all time favorite movies. I can't tell you how many times I've seen it.

    Hollywood forever, Kevin -THANK YOU!!!!! I'm off to check it out right now (fingers crossed I'll be able to afford it!!!) I'm glad you like this movie, it's long been one of my favorites. Thanks for stopping by!

    Jason -I feel the same way about movies, luckily this movie has outstanding decor AND is fantastically entertaining! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I adore yours! You're a very witty writer!

  16. Love this! I haven't seen the movie since I was in college, but I remember thinking the clothes and sets were fabulous at theh time. I need to rent it again soon--thanks for reminding me about it!

  17. the lovely chairs are also in Leave her to Heaven from 1945. they appear in the lounge of the New Mexico house at the start of the film. you can see them if youtube 'Leave Her to Heaven 1945 pt2' and then go to 7.20. love the blog. x

  18. I've seen this movie, but never realized her name was Shatze. I love that name. That's what my dad used to call me and we also had a dog named Shatze, as it is German slang for Cutie Pie or Sweetheart.
    Having fun reading your blog, off to go read more. K

  19. Cashon&Co -Thank you so much, not only for the comment, but for the fantastically exciting info! I had no idea that Shatze was German slang for cutie pie, or sweetheart -how adorable! I wonder what the writer's were thinking? I wonder what the audience of the 50's thought of her name? Hmmmm...

  20. I am going to add this to my classic film decor library today. I'd forgotten all about it. I love Bacall. And that decor is killer.