When googling for books and other websites related to the topic of how to marry well, you will inevitably stumbled upon the movie “How to Marry A Millionaire”, with Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, and Lauren Bacall.

A nice romantic comedy that triggered my attention just by its name.

Lo and behold, I went to the local library and grab the DVD and watched it with my wife Sophie. Though it’s an old movie from 1953 – yes, 61 years old already – it’s still fine to watch. At least, I was motivated to see if I could learn something from the movie.

Okay, it’s not The Titanic or The English Patient which are both closer to us and with a passionate and feverish love story.

So, even though the love stories in “How to Marry A Millionaire” lack the romantic touch and the movie depicts love as a goldrush for money, it ends well with a humorous final scene, in steep contrast to the two other films. And if you’ve ever watched The Titanic and The English Patient, you’ll understand firsthand what I’m speaking about.

While watching, I loved these movies. After, I hated these movies. It was hard to refrain from crying. But the end wasted the pleasure of the romance.

“How to Marry a Millionaire” is definitely on a different level. It is lighter, or even colder when it comes to love. It starts from the principle that you can – hopefully – marry a millionaire if you decide so ahead of time.

The story is about three ladies who, somehow, figured out that you judge a book by its cover, and in the business of finding the rich husband, they understood that they — the ladies — were the books. From this basis, they put some makeup on their social status to make rich men believe they’re from the same world and worth to marry. The ploy doesn’t work exactly as planned, because the ladies are — in the movie — ignorant of basic rules in reading men’s real intent or men’s social status.

Yes, a book cover might hide some good and bad surprise.

But after all, the movie ends well, even though all ladies failed to marry a millionaire but one, and she had no clue she did. One sure thing the three ladies ended up with: true love. And that has no price!

The topic of how to marry a millionaire is likely the dream of many singles, whether young or ‘less’ young. Are you one of these dreamers? To be honest, I don’t remember if I’ve ever dreamed of marrying a rich lady. Not that I would have shied away, a few more bucks would be nice, but my main agenda was to find someone compatible with me, my family, my friends. That, I do remember.

In a sense, the movie is very good at underlining the fact that it’s better to have a clear idea of your ideal spouse. And then a plan. But all within reason. If you are broke and aim at a zillionnaire, you’d better bring something of high value on the table other than money. Otherwise, once the romance fades away — and it will — your marriage will be either a bitter liaison or short lived. So, once you know what you want, and this is the most important, the plan, in other words the ‘how’, will automatically follows. Yes, and maybe not exactly as you predicted in your head. But once your inner radar is set on something, it will find that something, and that something might catch you by surprise.

How to Marry A Millionaire

“To Our Wives!”

In summary, “How to Marry a Millionaire” is good reminder to ask yourself where you want to go, and then go with the flow. Who knows, without aiming for it, you might marry a millionaire without knowing until the wedding.

And if you faint dead at the discovery, like in the movie, be assured your beloved one will drink a toast to his unconscious spouse.