I watched Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the classic Marilyn Monroe flick, for about the 50 millionth time and no matter how many times I watch it, I am always left wondering who the two little colored boys are that suddenly appear onscreen singing and dancing with Marilyn and Jane Russell on When Love Goes Wrong (Nothing Goes Right).
Most fans usually reference the movie for one of the all-time, great and iconic musical productions 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 the brief appearance of those two little black boys. I know when the scene is coming up, but there's always an element of surprise that seems to catch me off guard.
Monroe and Russell portray partygirls (and gold diggers) Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw, who arrive in Paris, and immediately go on a marathon shopping spree at all of the top fashion houses. When they attempt to register at a swank hotel, the girls discover that Lorelei has been accused of stealing a diamond tiara. Kicked to the curb, they show up depressed and downhearted in front of a Paris bistro where the boys join in to sing and dance a tale of woe.
Years ago, when I first showed the movie to my hubby, he wanted to know who the boys were? I didn't know so I lied and said 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 ever happened to them, but in 1953, they sure were hot enough to appear with two of Hollywood's ultimate film goddesses.
ADDENDUM: Due to the direction that the discussion took in the comments section, I have decided to add Ain't Anyone Here For Love, Jane Russell's famous solo performance from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. It's chock-full of beefcake and innuendos, but for the record, Russell is about as sexy to me as the bottom of my shoe.