Monday, September 5, 2011

Barbara Eden in How to Marry a Millionaire (1957)

After the success of the Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable film, this series was produced. The premise was the same - three single girls living in an expensive penthouse apartment trying to trap themselves millionaires. This series was one of Barbara Eden's first triumphs.

Part one of the episode 3 Pretenders is above. It features Morey Amsterdam in the role of a press agent the girls convince to help them meet rich men. It was uploaded to YouTube by dentelTV1.

Obscurity factor: 7 (known to Eden fans, largely forgotten otherwise, not on DVD, partially available on YouTube)


  1. I would like to recommend a book titled "Lost Laughs of '50s and '60s Television: Thirty Sitcoms That Faded Off Screen" by David C. Tucker. (I am not the author nor do I know him.) I am currently reading this book, and he writes about many of the sitcoms you have featured lately - "How to Marry a Millionaire," "O.K. Crackerby," "Wendy and Me," and "Pete and Gladys." There is also "Occasional Wife," which you featured awhile ago. I am sure there are others in the book that you have written about also. He provides insight into the development of the series, what went on during production, and why they did not succeed or are forgotten. He even lets us know what happened to the actors' careers after their series ended. He includes a few that ran two or three seasons, such as "Hennesey" with Jackie Cooper, that were forgotten after their initial runs. I think anyone who follows this blog and is interested in old sitcoms will not be able to put this book down.

  2. That sounds like a great book! I'll have to see if I can find it... Thanks!