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SS United States on Screen: Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955)

Gentlemen Marry Brunettes was released on October 29, 1955, and stars Jane Russell and Jeanne Crain as two showgirl sisters that travel to Paris in search of fame and love. The film, a sequel to 1953's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, prominently features the SS United States in several of its climactic scenes.

The SS United States' stern in a still from Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955)

While the Big U had appeared on screen the year before in Sabrina, a 1954 romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, this was the SS United States' first featured role in a color film. Finally, her famous funnels could be seen in their red, white and blue glory!

Supporter and SS United States fan A.J. Jelonek is on a quest to watch and review all of the vessel's on-screen appearances, a project which he documents on his blog. Summarizing the vessel's role in Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, A.J. writes:

"The ship is mentioned early-on in the movie as the liner the sisters take from New York to France. At the end of the film, the girls are sailing back on, what else? The SS United States. Their lovers run aboard before it leaves port to proclaim their love to the sisters..."

On deck: the SS United States in a still from Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955)

See more stills from Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, and read A.J.'s full blog post HERE.


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