I watched the classic Marilyn Monroe flick, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, today for about the 50 Millionth time but no matter how many times I've watched it, I was always left wondering who the two little colored boys were that suddenly appeared onscreen singing and dancing with Marilyn and co-star Jane Russell on When Love Goes Wrong (Nothing Goes Right).
Most fans rightly reference the movie for one of the all-time, great and iconic musical moments in cinematic history - Monroe's performance of Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend. I NEVER tire of that sequence, but I always get a kick out of those two little black boys when they briefly show up. I know they're there and I know the scene is coming up, but there's always that enjoyable element of surprise that just seems to catch me off guard.
In this scene, Monroe and Russell portray Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw, two ultimate gold diggers and partygirls, who after arriving in France, immediately go on a marathon shopping spree at all of the top fashion houses in Paris. When they attempt to check in at a swank hotel, the girls discover that Lorelei has been accused of stealing a diamond tiara, and that the gravy train has finally dried up. Kicked out on the street, they show up depressed and downhearted in front of a Paris bistro where they are joined by the boys to sing and dance their tale of woe.
I remember years ago when I first showed this movie to my hubby and he wanted to know who the boys were. I didn't know so I told him they were Gregory and Maurice Hines as children and he believed me. Today, I can tell him the truth and say they are James and Fred Moultrie, two little brothas who also starred with Dorothy Dandridge in Bright Road. I don't know what happened to them, but to star with the two ultimate film goddesses of the fifties in the same year - they sure were hot in 1953!
ADDENDUM: Due to the direction that the discussion took in the comments section, I have decided to add another musical number from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, performed by Jane Russell, called Ain't Anyone Here For Love. It's very campy i.e. very GAY for 1953, chockful of subtle innuendos and visuals. And for the record, she's about as sexy (to me) as the bottom of my shoe.