Marilyn Monroe's Iconic GENTLEMAN PREFER BLONDES to Air on Reel 13 This June

The musical comedy Gentleman Prefer Blondes is featured in the abbreviated June lineup on Reel 13. Adapted from the hit 1949 Broadway musical, which made Carol Channing a star, the film version offered Monroe a star vehicle for the "dumb blonde" persona that launched the mid-50's mania around her. Monroe's pink dress and performance of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" are perhaps the most iconic movie sequence of her entire career.

Leading Ladies is the month's independent offering. The series is pre-empted for special pledge programming on June 4, 11 and 18.

Every Saturday night beginning at 9 p.m., viewers can catch a Hollywood Classic followed by an Indie, presented by Columbia University professor Richard Peña. The evening concludes with a Short film selected by viewers who vote for their favorite of three shorts at

Pre-empted for special pledge programming.

Pre-empted for special pledge programming.

Pre-empted for special pledge programming.

"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953) Dir: Howard Hawks
Two showgirls (Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell) on the lookout for rich eligible bachelors run into COMPLICATIONS during a trip to Paris. With Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid and Tommy Noonan.

"Leading Ladies" (2010) Dir: Daniel Beahm and Erika Randall Beahm
A zany comedy about two sisters, their gay best friend, and their overzealous stage mom. With Laurel Vail, Shannon Lea Smith, Melanie LaPatin and Benji Schwimmer.

WNET is the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21, New York's public television stations. For more than 50 years, THIRTEEN has been a partner with the tri-state community, using its rich resources to inform and inspire the passionate people of New York and the world to better understand and address the issues that challenge our diverse communities.

Reel 13 is funded by the Sy Syms Foundation and MoMA. David Horn is executive producer. Bob Morris is senior producer. Bill O'Donnell and Maria Stoian are producers.

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