In honor of the Gotta Dance Blogathon event (awesome idea!) hosted by The Classic Reel Girl – I decided to write about an in- film dance number- Two Little Girls from Little Rock – the opening number to the unforgettable Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t initially interested in watching a Marilyn Monroe picture- I thought she was just a dumb blonde who would be irritating. But after looking into life and learning what she went through, I had a change of heart- I realized Marilyn was so much more than just “Blonde”- she was a young woman who just wanted happiness within the crazy world she lived in. Watching this film made me a fan of hers- I mean she’s Marilyn– how can you not like her?
So what is it about Gentlemen Prefer Blondes that makes it wonderful? Maybe its because the film starts off with an amazing musical number! Two Little Girls from Little Rock is a very catchy and addicting song- as all of the songs from the movie are. It very easily can get stuck in your head and the dance that accompanies the number is visually stunning!
We have Marilyn and the awesome Jane Russell both in striking red show girl outfits accessorized with large and very feathered head pieces. The dance is not super complicated- its simple but still intriguing nevertheless. Choreographed by Jack Cole he flawlessly made this number perfect, as neither Jane nor Marilyn were “dancers” in their own right (when compared to others like Ginger Rogers, or Cyd Charisse). Cole is also responsible for working with Marilyn on her most famous dance number, Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend (also from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes).
Whenever I watch the dance sequence it makes me want to get up and do a “show girl” style dance myself- I’ll never be as fabulous as Jane and Marilyn- but one can try can’t they! Personally I L-O-V-E to dance- but only have a few years of dancing experience- ballet in second grade and two years of high school gym electives that were tailor made for dancing. I would however like to continue on- learn swing dancing and all of the popular dances from the 20s- (Charleston, Foxtrot anyone?) as well as tap dancing- really wanna sharpen those skills!
On an interesting note, in June 2011, at the Profiles in History action Marilyn’s ensemble sold for a whooping $1,476,000!
If you haven’t seen the dance number take a peek!