How to Marry a Millionaire Coming to DVD [Updated]

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September 19th, 2017 Update: Season 2 is finally available for purchase. See this post for details.

February 24th, 2017 Update: The first season of How to Marry a Millionaire is now available on DVD. Support Television Obscurities by purchasing the 5-disc set from Amazon. Both Season 2 and a Complete Series bundle are available for pre-order but neither have release dates.

Yesterday, reported that 1950s sitcom How to Marry a Millionaire is coming to DVD from CBS Home Entertainment. A release date has yet to be announced.

Based on the 1953 film of the same name starring Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, and Lauren Bacall, How to Marry a Millionaire aired from October 1957 to August 1959. The NTA Film Network originally distributed it with 20th Century Fox producing. The first season consisted of 39 episodes and starred Lori Nelson, Merry Anders, and Barbara Eden. For the shortened 13-episode second season, Lisa Gaye replaced Nelson.

It looks CBS will bundle both seasons together as a “complete series” collection. It’s currently available for pre-order at Amazon for just $29.99. According to the listing, the DVDs will be a manufactured-on-demand.

Color picture featuring DVD artwork for both seasons of How to Marry a Millionaire.
Preliminary cover art for both seasons.
(Courtesy of Home Entertainment)

For those of you not familiar with the series, here are the opening credits and a short scene from an episode:

I think it’s fair to say How to Marry a Millionaire is relatively forgotten, even if it isn’t technically a one season wonder. Many fans of Barbara Eden certainly know about it. It was available for syndication up until the 1980s.

Still, I’m more than a little surprised that it’s coming out on DVD. Obviously, someone at CBS thinks it’s worth releasing. If the $29.99 price seen at Amazon is accurate, it seems really cheap for 52 episodes. I wonder if the set will include the unaired pilot episode as a bonus feature?

Do you remember watching How to Marry a Millionaire? Are you excited the show is coming to DVD? Hit the comments with your thoughts.

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7 Replies to “How to Marry a Millionaire Coming to DVD [Updated]”

  1. I suspect they’ve sold everything else popular so now they’re looking at the more obscure stuff to put out. And there’s more digital channels now than there’s material to fill them with.

    Also, it’s an on-demand DVD, just like all those WB OD DVDs. So they’re not all that expensive to make, but can be pricey to buy.

  2. That’s my main “beef” with these on-demand offerings, the higher-than-average prices for these inexpensively made items. Even marketplace/used retailers charge these higher-than-average prices. Still worthwhile … especially those items not airing or streaming elsewhere.

  3. What wonderful news! This is certainly a nice start to my day. I believe I saw an episode once, many years ago. However, I do not remember where. I am mainly interested in purchasing this because of Barbara Eden.

  4. I am more than thrilled to know that How to marry a millionaire – TV series is being manufactured on demand. The reason the series interests me a great deal is because my top favourite Lisa Gaye stars in 13 episodes of the second season. The world is aware that Ms. Gaye was American’s Rock ‘N Roll Queen after her world-wide screen hit ‘Rock around the Clock’ [1956]. She also starred in Shake Rattle and Rock, Drums across the River, Ten Thousand bedrooms and Sweethearts. I am pained, however, to note that Lisa is not featured in the 2nd Season’s art work. She should rightfully occupy centre space on the cover. Kindly look into this and alter the art work to include Lisa Gaye. I plan on buying two copies of only Season-2. Thanks. = Ian Edwards =

  5. I saw a few episodes of this many years ago. It’s a pleasant series. It’s also obvious that Barbara Eden had star quality even at this early date. The basic premise will probably seem dated to modern viewers, but it makes for fun viewing, and the majority of classic tv fans can see something that hasn’t had endless reruns on the many nostalgia channels now out there.

  6. Update: Season 1 is now available for purchase through Amazon. Both Season 2 and a Complete Series bundle can be pre-ordered but Amazon does not have release dates listed.

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