I am so lucky to have seen and own all the feature films Marilyn Monroe ever made in her short career.  Here you will find the details on all the films, random trivia you may not have known and my own personal opinion on each movie.. the ones I love... and also the ones to steer clear of! Enjoy!

 

* 2012 marked 10 years of me becoming a Marilyn fan.  To mark this milestone, I decided to do something I had never done before, watch all of Marilyn's films in chronological order.  I can honestly say that I went on a complete journey with Marilyn, I found it fascinating, especially watching the earlier films, putting myself in Marilyn's shoes, thinking how excited she would have been to see her face on the big screen.. the first time she appears.. seeing her name in the opening credits.. it was thrilling.  Seeing "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" after seeing so many bit part roles made me appreciate how much of a major star she had become after the release of this movie, it was like she had completely transformed from starlet into major global star.  On the flip side, seeing her later roles such as "Let's Make Love" and "The Misfits"  I could see how tired, disillusioned and drained she had looked, knowing what was to become of her make that extra hard to watch.  "Something's Got To Give" was bittersweet and emotional..  She looked so beautiful, vibrant and fresh, whatever sparkle she had lost, had returned, she looked alive with everything to live for...

To anyone who has her complete filmography, or even the majority of her films, I urge you to watch them chronologically.  It has made me love and appreciate her even more, her diversity of roles, her struggle to gain star status with bit part after bit part and her glorious rise to stardom.  She is undisputed queen of Hollywood, there will never, ever be another actress like her.  She was a one off and as long as the fans continue to watch her films, her talents onscreen will never be forgotten.

Something's Got To Give (Unfinished)

Cast:   Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin, Cyd Charisse

Plot: Marilyn Monroe plays Ellen Arden, a woman stranded on a desert island for 5 years. On her return home, she finds her husband (Dean Martin) had declared her dead and since remarried (Cyd Charisse).  The film seemed doomed from the start, as Marilyn cost the company hundreds of thousands, due to her lateness and contanst absences from the set, leading to her eventually being fired from the film.  She was later rehired on August 1st, but sadly, she was found dead in her Hollywood home only a few days later on August 5th, before filming was due to commence.

MarilynAmore Rating: Having seen all the finished scenes put together to make a mini movie (This can be found in the Marilyn Monroe Diamond Collection: The Final Days DVD), it saddens me to think that this film was never completed. Monroe looks radiant.  Had it been finished, I'm confident that it would have been a fan-favourite and a movie treasured by cinema goers around the world.  A Monroe classic that sadly never was.

Trivia *This film is a remake of the 1940 film "My Favourite Wife" starring Cary Grant. The film was also later remade under the name of "Move Over Darling" starring Doris Day. Both films can be found on either http://www.play.com or http://www.amazon.com  I have both movies in my collection and I enjoyed them both tremendously, it's a great way of seeing how the Marilyn version may have turned out.  I recommend both, as you can't go wrong with either Cary Grant or Doris Day.

To watch a scene from "Something's Got To Give" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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The Misfits (1961)

 

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach

Plot: Divorced and disillusioned Roslyn Tabor (Monroe) befriends a group of "Misfits", including an ageing Cowboy (Gable), a heartbroken mechanic (Wallach) and a worn out rodeo rider (Clift). Through their live-for-the-moment lifestyles, Roslyn experiences freedom and passion. However, their lifestyles and beliefs soon begin to clash and Roslyn has to question her friendships and maybe lose the greatest love she's ever known.

MarilynAmore Rating:  An amazingly powerful film.  2 Hollywood icons, Monroe and Gable side by side.  Clark Gable for me, is the epitomy of old Hollywood male movie stars.. a legend.  To know that this was both Marilyn and Clark's last films (Marilyn never completed 'Something's Got To Give'), fills me with great sadness.  I also feel a strong connection to the character Roslyn.  A great movie that was highly underrated in it's time.

Trivia: *Due to Marilyn's on-going absences and lateness to the set day after day, an ageing Clark Gable insisted on doing his own stunts while roping horses in the final scenes. He always joked that Marilyn's behaviour would one day lead to him having a heart attack. Two weeks after filming finished on The Misfits, Clark Gable sadly died of a heart attack.

To watch the trailer for "The Misfits" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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Let's Make Love  (1960)

 

Cast:  Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Tony Randall, Milton Berle, Frankie Vaughn

Plot:  Yves Montand plays Jean-Marc Clement a millionaire playboy who has recently read that a theatre company is planning to put on a show ridiculing him and his lifestyle. Deciding to put a stop to it, he goes along to the rehearsals where he meets Amanda Dell (Monroe), who, incidently, has absolutely no idea who he his! Montand decides to join the theatre company under a false guise in order to see more of Monroe.

MarilynAmore Rating:  Although this film was seen as a huge disappointment after the legendary "Some Like It Hot" and I admit that was a tough act to follow, I still really love this film. Monroe and Montand have an obvious chemistry... in more ways than one, as Montand even admitted to having an affair with Marilyn during its filming. On the whole, it's one of those movies you can stick on on a sunday afternoon and just get lost in. Guest appearences from Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly and Milton Berle make up some of the funniest moments in the movie.  I would even go as far to say that Yves Montand nearly outshines Marilyn in this movie! This film also features the now iconic rendition of "My Heart Belongs To Daddy".. so it can't be all bad!

Trivia: * Cary Grant, Charlton Heston, Rock Hudson, James Stewart and Yul Brynner all turned down the male lead.

*On hearing of her husbands Infedility with Monroe, Simone Signoret was quoted to say "If Marilyn Monroe is in love with my husband, then it shows she has good taste, as I am in love with him too."

To watch the trailer for "Let's Make Love" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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Some Like It Hot (1959)

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis

Plot: Joe (Curtis) and Jerry (Lemmon) are two musicians from the 1920's who witness the Valentine's Day massacre. Fearing for their lives from an angry mob out to get them, they have no choice but to go on the run. Donning high heels and wearing make up, they find themselves in an all girl band, the perfect getaway.....? While in the band, they meet Sugar Kane (Monroe), the sweet, sensitive lead singer (and yukele player!) of fhe band, who's longing for love. Joe, or should I say Josephine, finds himself falling in love with her, so he comes up with another guise in the form of a lonely millionaire who's determined to win her love. Jack Lemmon as Daphne provides some of the funniest scenes in movie history!

MarilynAmore Rating:  This is it, not only the greatest Marilyn Movie of all time, but THE greatest movie of all time! I simply adore this film there's nothing I wouldn't change. It features the unforgettable "I Wannabe Loved By You", "Runnin' Wild" and "I'm Thru With Love" musical numbers. To anyone who hasn't seen this movie, YOU MUST! it's as simple as that. They say "nobody's perfect", but this film is pure perfection. Jack Lemmon, in my opinion is the greatest actor that ever lived and he simply owns the role of Jerry/Daphne.  Tony Curtis also shines in the 3 (count em!) roles he has to play, Joe the 'down on his luck' musician, Josephine, the female sax player and Shell Oil Junior, the multi millionaire. Marilyn.. well, she simply IS Sugar Kane, nobody else could play her and gives a wonderful preformance of the female lead. All 3 lead stars compliment each other so well and they're teamed with an excellent supporting cast and they were directed by the legendary Billy Wilder.  No Marilyn fan's collection is complete without this movie.  I simply could not live without it.

Trivia: *Marilyn was pregnant during the filming, but miscarried shortly after filming finished.

*Marilyn's contract stated that all her films had to be shot in colour, so she was dismayed to learn that the film had to be shot in black and white as director Billy Wilder believed that Curtis and Lemmon had to successfully pull themselves off as women. They just didn't look plausable in colour.

*Marilyn's inability to remember her lines reached a boiling point when it took her 43 takes to deliver the simple line of "It's me, Sugar"

*When Marilyn is on the phone to Junior, saying a tearful goodbye, you can see her looking off to the right of the screen. She was reading her lines straight off a cue card

*When Marilyn is looking through a chest of drawers to find a bottle of Burbon, her lines are hidden in the drawer

*The film was orginially going to be called "Not Tonight Josephine"

*Joe and Jerry's surnames are Joe Marlowe and Jerry Bigolo!

* Marilyn initially didn't like the script, she couldn't believe someone would be so dumb that they wouldn't notice they were men, but Wilder explained to Marilyn that Sugar has never had any female friends, not close ones.  They have always been jealous of her, or bitchy towards her, now all of a sudden, she has these 2 "girls" WANTING to be her friend, so Sugar is blinded by it all.

*Frank Sinatra was initially up for the part of Jerry, which later went to Jack Lemmon. Marilyn being a close friend of Sinatra, naturally was at first, dismayed to learn that he had been replaced, but it didn't last long as she was a huge fan of Lemmon's work and the 2 stars had a great working relationship, Jack has refused to say anything negative about working with Marilyn and she once called Lemmon "The funniest man in the world."

*As part of an experiment to prove how well they had turned themselves into women, Curtis and Lemmon decided to take a trip to the Ladies room to fix their make up. Not one female noticed anything different!

*According to some reports, Curtis had to get his female voice dubbed by another actor, as his natural voice could not go up that high

*Despite being nominated for a staggering 7 oscars, including best picture and best actor for Lemmon, the film only managed Best stage costumes, which is my opinion is one of the biggest miscarriages of justice the oscars has ever made!

To watch the trailer for "Some Like It Hot" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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The Prince And The Showgirl (1957)

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Lawrence Olivier

Plot: The greatest movie star of all time, teams up with the greatest actor of all time in Marilyn's only film under her own company Marilyn Monroe Productions. Filmed in England, the only time Marilyn came to the UK, it tells the story of a high strung Prince and his rocky relationship with naieve but caring chorus girl Elsie Marina (Monroe)

MarilynAmore Rating:  Marilyn is extrememly funny in this movie, I find Elsie Marina one of her most loveable characters! and Marilyn showed great guts by asking an acting legend like Olivier to work with her. At the time, many people thought this would be a huge mistake, but in actual fact, it is Monroe who steals every scene from Olivier. Watch out for the scene where Elsie raises a toast to "President Taft", it's really cute!  She came to the UK through this movie aswell, so it holds a special place in my heart too! 

Trivia: *Whilst filming in England, Marilyn had the honour of meeting the Queen herself. She caused a stir by wearing a dress with a plunging neckline, which many people considered inappropriate.

To watch the trailer for "The Prince And The Showgirl" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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Bus Stop (1956)

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray

Plot: Marilyn plays Cherie, a saloon singer who has big dreams of becoming a star. Bo (Murray) sees her preforming one night in a bar and immediately decides he has to make her his wife. Bo kidnaps Cherie and takes her on a bus journey, trying to convince her they belong together.

MarilynAmore Rating:  I simply adore this movie. To anyone who says Marilyn cannot act, needs to see this movie. She gives the preformance of her career as Cherie, the saloon singer. The plot never tires and Marilyn gives a show-stopping preformance of the song "That Old Black Magic".  The dialogue is very witty and there's some genuinely "Laugh Out Loud" moments.. Cherie is adorable!  A must for every Marilyn fan.

Trivia: *After The Seven Year Itch, Marilyn took a year out and went back to her roots by enrolling in 'The Actors Studio', a company for aspiring actors and actressess to learn and progress. Marilyn learned a great deal and felt she had a lot to prove while filming Bus Stop. It won her great critical acclaim.

*Marilyn was enraged when a heart-felt dialouge she preformed was cut from the final movie, which she was sure would win her an oscar.

*Marilyn's skin was deliberatly chalked white to give her a more "in door girl" kind of look.

* Jack Lemmon was in the running of actors to play Beau, it would have been great to see Marilyn and Jack co-star together again, but Don Murray does an excellent job too.

To watch the trailer for "Bus Stop" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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The Seven Year Itch (1955)

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell

Plot: It's a long, hot summer and Richard Sherman (Ewell) has just sent his wife and child away for their vacation, while he has to stay home and work. Enter "The Girl" (Monroe), the sexy blonde who's just announced she's staying in the appartment right about Sherman for the whole summer. Sherman begins to fantasise about his neighbour upstairs and embarks on finding a way that the pair can become more than just friends! This is an out and out sex filled comedy!

MarilynAmore Rating: I never tire of watching this film, it's definitely one of my all time favourites. Marilyn oozes sex appeal in one of her most famous roles. It also features THAT upskirt scene, probably one, if not THE most famous and iconic images in cinema history, so anyone with a passion for movies should see this film.  Marilyn is a goddess in this movie and I always get goosebumps whenever the upskirt scene comes on, I think back to 1954 when the scene was first shot and think to myself 'they were making movie history.' No Marilyn fans' collection would be complete without this movie.  The movie itself is wonderfully enjoyable, Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell are perfectly cast and even though the censorship of 1954 made sure that the film wasn't half as racy and shocking as it had been intended, the movie gets on beautifully anyway as you watch in wonder and hilarity at Tom Ewells emotional struggle and paranoia with himself as he fights the urge to bed 'the blonde in the kitchen'.. "What blonde in the kitchen?" "Ha.. wouldn't you like to know, maybe it's Marilyn Monroe!"

Trivia: *Joe Dimaggio was present at the filming of the upskirt scene in New York. Going into a blind, jealous rage at all the men leering and shouting at his wife, he stormed off the set and some reports claim Joe abused Marilyn that night because of this. This has never been confirmed.

*Marilyn and Joe divorced while filming was taking place on The Seven Year Itch, the marriage lasted only 9 months. However, Marilyn and Joe caused a media frenzy when they turned up at the premier of the movie side by side. They always remained firm friends.

*Walter Matthau gave a screen test for the part of Sherman before casting directors decided to go for Ewell, the actor who had originally preformed it in Broadway.

*Marilyn was having coffee with Eli Wallach (The Misfits/ The Good, The Bad & The Ugly) in a small cafe and looked out the window to see workmen errecting a giant cardboard cutout of her in the famous 'upskirt' pose outside a nearby cinema, her fanous legs on display for the whole world to see. Marilyn, looking sad and dismayed, turned to her friend and said "You see... that's all they think of me."

*I have had the absolute honour of seeing the white dress in person, read all about it here: http://marilynamore.webs.com/mymarilyntrips.htm

To watch the trailer for "The Seven Year Itch" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

 

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There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Donald O'Connor, Ethel Merman, Mitzi Gaynor

Plot: Molly and Terry Donahue, plus their three children, are The Five Donahues. Son Tim meets hat-check girl Vicky and the family act begins to fall apart.

MarilynAmore Rating:  This movie is a real treat, showcasing the talents of such Hollywood legends like Marilyn Monroe, Donald O'Connor, Mitzy Gaynor and Ethel Merman. While I must admit that Monroe's character isn't instantly likeable and, as much as I love him, I don't believe she and O'Connor make a very good couple, Marilyn looks amazing in every single outfit and gives some stunning preformances of "After You Get What You Want, You Don't Want It", "Lazy" and the unforgettable "Heat Wave". I love musicals from the 1940's and 50's and I'm so happy that Marilyn managed to star in a few in her short career. If you're looking for an out and out musical, this is it. A job well done!

Trivia: *Marilyn only accepted the role of Vicky in this movie after her bosses told her that if she did, she definitely had the role of "The Girl" in "The Seven Year Itch".

*Marilyn wasn't happy about Donald O'Connor being her love interest, she felt he was too young and short in height to play her leading man.  O'Connor is one of my favourite male stars from the Old Hollywood era, I could never tire of watching him, but I have to agree with Marilyn, they just don't quite work as a couple.

* Donald O'Connor's preformance of "A Man Chases A Girl Until She Catches Him" is one of my favourite moments in movie history.. along with his "Make Em Laugh" in 'Singn' In The Rain.'

*Marilyn's racy costume for "Heat Wave" had to be 'toned down' by covering her belly button, as the costume wouldn't have made it past the censors otherwise! 

To watch the trailer for "There's No Business Like Show Business" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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River Of No Return (1954)

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum, Rory Calhoun

Plot: The title river unites a farmer recently released from prison, (Mitchum) his young son (Tommy Rettig) and an ambitious saloon singer (Monroe). In order to survive, each must be purged of anger, and each must learn to understand and care for the others

MarilynAmore Rating:  Do not be put off by the fact that this was Marilyn's least favourite picture, I HIGHLY recommend it. I must admit, it took me a while to get round to watching it, as I'm not the world's biggest fan of westerns, but in truth, you begin to forget you're even watching one. This was one of the times Marilyn wore long hair extensions for a movie and she looks breathtaking. I adore all her 'showgirl' outfits, especially the red one she wears at the start of the movie. This is a movie I would happily watch over again and again.. oh and watch out for the "state of the art" special effects while they're riding the rapids!!

Trivia: *It's a well known fact that Marilyn hated this movie, she was once quoted as saying "Knowing what I know now, I wouldn't accept River Of No Return. I think I deserve a better deal than a 'Z' cowboy movie in which the acting finished thrid to the scenery and cinemascope."

*The film ran over schedule and budget due to mishaps caused when the director insisted that actors perform their own stunts for the scenes of the raft struggling down the rapids. On one occasion, Monroe had to be saved from drowning when her boots filled with water, and on another occasion, she and Mitchum had to be rescued when their raft became stuck on a rock and was on the verge of overturning.

To watch the trailer for "River Of No Return" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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How To Marry A Millionaire (1953)

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall

Plot: Three New York models, Shatze, Pola and Loco set-up in an exclusive appartment with a plan: tired of cheap men and a lack of money they intend to use all their talents to trap and marry three millionaires. The trouble is that's it's not so easy to tell the rich men from the huxters and even when they can, is the money really worth it?

MarilynAmore Rating:  Excellent film, one of my favourites. Monroe once again plays the dizzy blonde gold digger and her co-stars Grable and Bacall are just as enjoyable to watch. Even though she has a starring role, the film centres around 3 plots involving the 3 female leads. So remember Marilyn fans, you may not be seeing as much of her as you'd like! But don't be put off, this is a fantastic film from beginning to end. I remember the first time I saw Marilyn in THAT wine coloured dress, my jaw literally dropped to the ground! She's delightful as the self concious Pola who gets herself into bother when she doesn't wear her glasses, she really gets to show off her talents as a comedic actress. You MUST see this film!

Trivia: * "How To Marry A Millionaire" was the first movie to ever be shot in widescreen.  However, Fox Studios felt that their film "The Robe" which was full of landscape shots of mountains etc was a much better choice to showcase widescreen, rather than a fluffy romcom like "Millionaire" so they decided to release "The Robe" first.

* On the plane, Pola is reading a book called "Murder By Strangulation" which is how Monroe's character met her demise in 'Niagara'.

* Bacall's character, Schatze, says, "I've always liked older men... Look at that old fellow what's-his-name in The African Queen(1951). Absolutely crazy about him." She is referring to Bacall's real-life husband, Humphrey Bogart.

* When listening to Harry James on the radio in Maine, Grable's then husband, the song playing is "You'll Never Know," which later becomes a large portion of the film's score. The song was one of Grable's many hits from her peak in the 1940's.

* Paranoid about how she would look in widescreen, Marilyn purposefully lost weight before filming started.

To watch the trailer for "How To Marry A Millionaire" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Charles Coburn

Plot: Lorelei Lee (Monroe) and Dorothy Shaw Russell are just "Two Little Girls from Little Rock", lounge singers on a transatlantic cruise, working their way to Paris, and enjoying the company of any eligible men they might meet along the way, even though "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend." Based on the Broadway musical based on the novel.

MarilynAmore Rating:  ADORE this film! This narrowly misses out on being my all time favourite Marilyn movie next to 'Some Like It Hot'. It is everything a 1950's musical should be and more. The casting is perfect and Monroe and Russell have amazing chemistry as the two showgirls, it's just a shame they never got to make more movies together. The other great thing about it is that you will love this film even you're not a Marilyn fan as it thrills you from start to finish and Russell is just as adorable as Monroe. Amazing costumes, hilarious script, iconic songs (Diamonds are a girls best friend/ Byebye baby etc) make this movie simply unmissable.

Trivia: * It was through the promotional campaign of this movie that Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell were invited to put their handprints in cement and be immortilised at the famous Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Marilyn had originally, cheekily suggested that herself and Jane imprint not their hands, but their bust and posteriors, which they were considered more famous for! Also, in keeping with the film, Marilyn had a small rhinestone placed in her name above the 'i'. Sadly, this was stolen soon after.

* When Russell preformes her solo number "Aint there anyone here for love?", she falls into the swimming pool at the end of the song, but this was never meant to happen! The director liked it so much, he decided to keep it in!

*In the scene where Monroe is cha-cha-ing with Coburn, you only see the back of her gold lame dress. The censors considered the front of her dress too riske to show, as the neckline went down as far as her belly button!

* Monroe had several of the high notes sung in "Diamonds are a girls best friend" dubbed by another singer, as her voice could not go up that high naturally.

*One of the biggest mis-conceptions about Monroe was that she loved diamonds, but in actual fact, she couldn't have cared less for them. She was more of a shoe-o-holic! (sensible girl!!)

*You hear a lot of reports that Monroe didn't get along with her co-stars, but her and Russell got along famously. Sadly, this was their only film together.

*The role of Lorelei Lee was orginally meant for the reigning Hollywood queen, Betty Grable.  But studio bosses opted for rising star Marilyn Monroe, purely because it meant they could pay her less.

To watch the trailer for "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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Niagara (1953)

Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotton, Jean Peters

Plot: In this suspenseful thriller, Marilyn's character, Rose Loomis, and her mentally-unbalanced husband (played by Joseph Cotten) are honeymooning at Niagara Falls when the new bride and her secret lover hatch a plan to kill Rose's husband. The husband, however, has unpleasant plans of his own.

MarilynAmore Rating:  Another amazing film, which this time sees Marilyn play a seductive baddie. This was the film that really put Marilyn on the map and once you watch it, you'll see why. Great supporting cast and the plot is a little different to the fluffy romantic comedies you're used to seeing from her. I can't think of anything bad to say about it! it's a definite favourite of mine, one I can watch over and over again.

Trivia: * Jean Peters got the role of Polly Cutler after Anne Baxter withdrew. After her withdrawal, the film was reworked to highlight Monroe.

SPOILER!! This is the only film in which Marilyn Monroe's character dies.

To watch the trailer for "Niagara" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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O. Henry's Full House (1952)

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Richard Widmark, David Wayne, Jean Peters

Plot: John Steinbeck introduces a quintet of five of O. Henry's most celebrated stories from his New York Period (1902-1910) in this anthology film.

MarilynAmore Rating:   This film took me by complete surprise, it wasn't what I was expecting at all.  I was expecting a feature length movie with Marilyn as one of its main stars, since she was given a top billing. But as the plot states, it features 5 mini movies, in which Marilyn only stars in one and her total screen time is no more than 2 minutes.  Her scene in the movie is featured in most Marilyn documentaries, so I wouldn't bother buying this movie, unless you're a diehard.  The mini movies are cute enough, but it's not a vintage classic.

Trivia: *This movie is like a 'who's who' of Marilyn co-stars! It features Richard Widmark (Don't Bother To Knock), David Wayne (How To Marry A Millionaire/ We're Not Married!/ As Young As You Feel) Anne Baxter (All About Eve) Fred Allen (We're Not Married!) and Jean Peters (Niagara/ As Young As You Feel).

*In the scene where Richard Widmarks character is in a restaurant eating soup, the music that can be heard in the background is the same piece of music that is played when Marilyn and Jane Russell are walking through the ships dining hall in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

To watch a scene from "O'Henry's Full House", simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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Monkey Business (1952)

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers

Plot: Barnaby Fulton (Grant) is a research chemist working on a youth potion, that, thanks to a mischevious chimp, ends up being poured into their water cooler at work. It leads to the main cast becoming younger and younger and younger! getting themselves into lots of hilarious situations!

MarilynAmore Rating:  This was the first Marilyn film I watched that didn't have her as a starring role, which felt strange at first. As a fan, you think to yourself 'this isn't right, Marilyn should be centre stage where she belongs!'. However, the film is highly enjoyable. Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers make an excellent couple, Marilyn is adorable and it's a joy to see two familiar faces in the form of Charles Coburn and George Winslow, who both acted alongside Marilyn in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. My only critiscisms are A even though the film gets off to an excellent start, it sadly goes off in a tangent somewhere in the middle and B, the obvious promotion of animal testing in laboratories. But I guess we have to remember this was made around 50 years ago, so maybe it was more acceptable back then. Give this film a try, but just remember you're only getting a pinch of Marilyn this time.... but a generous helping of Ginger in its place! (sorry, couldn't resist!)

Trivia: *The off-screen voice during the opening credits is director Howard Hawks.

*The address that Ginger's character gives to the police when she calls 911 is Ginger's real-life address: 1605 Gilcrest.

*Marilyn went back to playing her typical "dum blonde sex kitten" role in this film after the dramatic thriller "Don't Bother To Knock", which had Marilyn in the lead as a physcotic babysitter, was seen as a flop with fans. (This is not my general opinion, see below)

To watch the trailer for "Monkey Business", simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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Don't Bother To Knock (1952)

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Richard Widmark, Anne Bancroft

Plot: Airline pilot Jed stays at the New York hotel where girlfriend Lyn is a singer. He sees Nell in a window opposite his and they get talking. When the girl she's baby-sitting, Bunny, enters Nell goes crazy and sends her to her room. She fantasizes that Jed is her long lost fiance. Jed comes to realize that there's more to Nell than meets the eye.

MarilynAmore Rating:  In my opinion, this film is highly underrated, even among fans. This was one of the few times Monroe had the chance to play a really dramatic role and she plays it perfectly, another example of her tremendous acting abilites. It's just such a shame that she never had the chance to play more characters like Nell. But I guess that's what adds to the beauty of this film, for Monroe, it's almost one of a kind. Highly enjoyable.

Trivia: * This was Anne Bancroft's first film. It was also Monroe's 18th film and an attempt to prove to critics that she could act.

* Anne Bancroft, of course, later went on to become the now legendary "Mrs Robinson" in the Dustin Hoffman film "The Graduate".

To watch the trailer for "Don't Bother To Knock" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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We're Not Married! (1952)

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Ginger Rogers, David Wayne

Plot: A Justice of the Peace performed weddings a few days before his license was valid. A few years later five couples learn they have never been legally married. Annabel Norris (Monroe), already Mrs. Mississippi and ready to enter the Mrs. America contest, is now free to enter the Miss Mississippi contest.

MarilynAmore Rating:  I had been looking forward to watching this movie for ages as I had really liked the idea of the plot. However, when I finally got round to watching it, I must say, I expected a lot more. In my opinion the structure of the film let it down. You're treated to 5 seperate stories about couples who learn they are no longer married, I feel the film would have worked much better if they were all weaved into one, going to and from each storyline. It means there's a downside for Marilyn fans, as her part is over fairly quickly in the movie. Nonetheless, it's a cute little movie you can stick on when you've a spare hour to kill. Watch out for familiar face David Wayne, who Marilyn again plays her love interest.

To watch the trailer for "We're Not Married" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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Clash By Night (1952)

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Stanwyk, Robert Ryan, Paul Douglas.

Plot: Mae Doyle comes back to her hometown a cynical woman. Her brother Joe fears that his love, fish cannery worker Peggy (Marilyn), may wind up like Mae. Mae marries Jerry and has a baby; she is happy but restless, drawn to Jerry's friend Earl.  The pair start a steamy love affair.

MarilynAmore Rating: Great movie and one of Marilyn's very BEST performances.  I think of this movie along the same lines as 'Don't Bother To Knock' for the fact that Marilyn's character is so different to the 'dumb' blonde sex kitten role were used to.  Her character is a bit of a tomboy who works at a fish cannery, wears baggy jeans and shirts and isn't afraid to get drunk in public! She's a fiesty female that kows her own mind. A lot of the scenes that Marilyn appears in, are very rarely shown in any documentary on her life, so a lot of fans will get a kick out of seeing her for the first time in this film, as it'll be brand new film footage for them.. which was great.  Also, I smiled to myself when she says the line "Diamonds make me punctual"... that's the Lorelei Lee coming out in her!  Marilyn is superb in this movie and lights up the screen, it shows without a doubt what a fabulous dramatic actress she really was (and could have been.)  Highly recommended.

Trivia: * This was the first Marilyn movie to be released after the whole 'Nude calendar' scandel, which only added to the popularity of the movie as the public swarmed to the cinema screens just to see more of the blonde calendar girl.

* A colourized version of this movie is available to buy from this website: www.thefilmsca.com It is not listed on the website, but please contact the owner of the website and he will be happy to help.

To watch the trailer for "Clash By Night" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

 

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Let's Make It Legal (1951)

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Robert Wagner, Barbara Bates, Macdonald Carey.

Plot: The divorce of Hugh and Miriam Halsworth becomes final at midnight. Hugh wouldn't dream of calling it off, but can't abandon his rose garden. Things change that afternoon, though, when Miriam's old suitor Victor Macfarland checks into the hotel where Hugh is publicity man. With Miriam's daughter Barbara rooting for Hugh and son-in-law Jerry rooting for Victor, things are unlikely to be resolved by midnight.

MarilynAmore Rating:  Loved this movie!  Again, Marilyns part is very small, barely on screen for a couple of minutes at a time.  But the movie as a whole, is most enjoyable!  It's just a light, fluffy comedy that anybody can just relax and get suck into.  Watch out for Zachary Scott (Victor McFarland), his appearance reminds me of a young Clark Gable!

Trivia: * The screenplay was written by I.A.L Diamond, who was also co responsible for writing the iconic 'Some Like It Hot' with Billy Wilder.  He also wrote the screenplay for 2 other Marilyn films: 'Monkey Busines's and 'Love Nest'.

To watch the trailer for "Let's Make It Legal" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

 

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Love Nest (1951)

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, June Haver, William Lundigan, Frank Fay.

Plot: Jim and Connie's postwar New York building troubles keep Jim from working on his novel. Ex-WAC from Jim's army days Roberta (Monroe) moves in, further upsetting Connie but pleasing Jim's friend Ed. Tenant Charley, who marries tenant Eadie, loans money to Jim to help him keep the building, money which this Casanova obtains from rich widows.

MarilynAmore Rating:  The first time I watched it, I really enjoyed it, but it wasn't until a few days later did I realise how much!  This is another 'blink and you'll miss her' role from Monroe, she oozes sex appeal in every scene and I just adore her polkadot bikini!  You gain a great deal of affection for the main characters and the movie has a MAJORLY corny ending! but it'll leave you with a nice, warm feeling inside!  Highly recommended but again, not a major role, so don't think about it as a Marilyn film, just enjoy it for the film itself.

Trivia: *Because the bathing suit Marilyn Monroe wears was so risqué (for the time) and caused such a commotion on the set, director Joseph M. Newman had to make it a closed set while she was filming.

To watch the trailer for "Love Nest" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

 

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As Young As You Feel (1951)

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, David Wayne, Monty Woolley

Plot: Sixty-five-year-old John Hodges must retire from Acme Printing. He later impersonates the president of the parent company and arrives at his old plant on an inspection tour. Acme president McKinley is so nervous not even his beautiful secretary Harriet (Monroe) can calm him. McKinley's wife Lucille becomes infatuated with Hodges. Many further complications ensue.

MarilynAmore Rating:  I've gone through a bit of a journey with this movie, the first time I watched it, I hated it and was 100% positive that this was my absolute least favourite Marilyn movie.  But on reflection and after having watched it a few more times, it's definitely grown on me and is actually really enjoyable!  Which just goes to show you that sometimes first impressions aren't everything.  Marilyn is outstandingly gorgeous in this movie, she is a delight to watch and reads her lines so well, it is worth picking up a copy of this movie purely for her. The rest of the movie is just typical 1950's comedic fluff.  I never throught I'd say this, but it is a great addition to your collection if you're wanting to see an early Marilyn role before she hit the big time.

Trivia: * Again, David Wayne co-stars with Marilyn.  This is 1 of 3 movies he made with Marilyn along with 'How To Marry A Millionaire' and 'We're Not Married'.  Also you may recognise the female lead, Jean Peters- she also co-starred alongside Marilyn in 'Niagra'!

* The phrase "Consolidated Motors" is mentioned 63 times... yes, 63 times within the 72 short minutes the film runs for (I counted them myself!)

To watch a scene from "As Young As You Feel" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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Hometown Story (1951)

Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Jeffry Lynn, Donald Crisp.

Plot: Blake Washburn blames manufacturer MacFarland for his defeat in the race for re-election to the state legislature. He takes over his uncle's newspaper to take on big business as an enemy of the people. Miss Martin (Marilyn Monroe) works in the "Herald" newspaper office. When tragedy strikes, Blake must re-examine his views.

MarilynAmore Rating: If it wasn't for the length of this movie, I wouldn't recommend you buy it unless you are a die hard for all that Marilyn is in it.  But at only 61minutes long, I say, go on!  Marilyn's part is once again the blonde sexpot secretary, but she is very good at it! and adds a touch of humour to the role too.  The film in general is actually really good, it wasn't what I was expecting at all.  With its very twee ending, it makes for great viewing.  Go on, give it a go!

Trivia: * Marilyn was often expected to provide her own wardrobe. The sweater with the grey body and black sleeves that she wears worn previously in The Fireball (1950) and in the final scene in All About Eve (1950).

*If you are a Marilyn fan that is only interested in the scenes she is in, she only features in the first 30minutes of the movie.  But the last 30mins is action packed, so stay with it!

To watch a scene from "Hometown Story", simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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Right Cross (1950)

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, June Allyson, Dick Powell.

Plot:  Prizefighter Johnny is in love with his promoter O'Malley's daughter Pat. His best friend, sports reporter Rick, is also in love with her but knows that she loves Johnny. Lonely Rick takes up drinking and women (including Marilyn Monroe in nightclub bit part). Johnny knows his right hand is going bad and has to work fast to make real money.

MarilynAmore Rating:  Apart from Marilyn, June Allyson steals the show, without them both, this movie would happily sink into oblivion without anybody noticing.  It's along the same lines as "The Fireball" in the sense that they're both movies based on the career of sports stars', but "The Fireball" is streets ahead of this movie, which lacks any spark.  I adore June Allyson, just looking at her face will light you up.  Marilyns' part is so small, she isn't even credited as being in the movie, so I would avoid this unless you're a die hard.

Trivia: *Just a personal recommendation, watch June Allyson along with Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh, Peter Lawford and Margaret O'Brien in the brilliant 1949 version of "Little Women", it was one of my favourite movies as child.

To watch a scene from "Right Cross" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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All About Eve (1950)

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Anne Baxter

Plot:  A sophisticated look at life in and around the theater, All About Eve won six Oscars, including best picture, best director and best screenplay. Dacis plays Broadway star Margo Channing who is idolized by Eve Herrington, played by Anne Baxter. The idolization turns to more in this classic film. Marilyn plays Claudia Caswell, an ambitious starlet and girlfriend of a theater critic.

MarilynAmore Rating:  At 2hrs15mins long, Marilyn only appears on screen for a maximum of a few minutes. The film on the whole is fantastic. I'd say Marilyn brings the sex and playfulness into an otherwise dark film about obsession and betrayal. Davis is a true legend and Baxter gives the preformance of a lifetime. And of course, Marilyn looks gorgeous and once again shows what a great comedienne she is. Watch out for the very clever ending. Well worth its 6 oscar win.

Trivia: *Ranks first in the Most Academy Award Nominated Films with 14 nominations, set a record which has been tied only by the No.2 Titanic (1997).

* Holds the record for the film with the greatest number of female acting Oscar nominations.

* Zsa Zsa Gabour kept arriving on the set because she was jealous of her husband George Sanders in his scenes with the young blonde ingénue Marilyn.

*This movie was played at one of our local cinemas, so it gave me the chance to finally see Marilyn on the big screen! I was in awe!, even the people in the audience around me were whispering "that's Marilyn Monroe!", I swear, it was like being back in the 1950's!

To watch the trailer for "All About Eve" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Sterling Hayden, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore.

Plot: 'Doc' Riedenschneider, legendary crime 'brain' just out of prison, has a brilliant plan for a million-dollar burglary. To pull it off, he recruits safecracker Louis, driver Gus, financial backer Emmerich, and strong-arm man Dix Handley. At first the plan goes like clockwork, but little accidents accumulate and each partner proves to have his own fatal weakness. In the background is a pervasive, grimy urban malaise.

MarilynAmore Rating: This was a surprising movie for me.  I both equally liked and disliked it.  My two main faults with it were as follows: apart from the final scene, there was no soundtrack to the film. I felt it needed dramatic music in some scenes to build the suspense.  Secondly, the beginning of the movie moves really slowly.  However, I urge you to stay with it as it is a decent little film. Marilyn appears on screen within the first 20mins, then doesn't appear again for another hour, but she's definitely worth the wait as she's acting her little socks off! This is a very famous film, so I'd recommend you watch it for the film itself, treat Marilyn as a bonus!

Trivia: * I own an exact replica of the ring Marilyn wears in this movie!

*You'll recognise Jean Hagen from "Singin' In The Rain" arguably her most famous role. I'm mentioning this just incase you don't realise it is infact her as she looks a lot different with darker hair.

* A colourized version of this movie is available to buy here: www.thefilmsca.com it is not listed on the website, but please contact the seller and he will be happy to help.

To watch the trailer for "The Asphalt Jungle" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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A Ticket To Tomahawk (1950)

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Dan Dailey, Anne Baxter.

Plot: In 1876 Dawson wants to prevent a train from getting to Tomahawk CO on time, to keep it from competing with his stage coach line. Kit, who must get the train to its goal, forces Johnny aboard as the needed passenger. Madame Adelaide's showgirls (including Marilyn as Clara) ride along and, en route to Tomahawk, join Johnny in "Oh, What a Forward Young Man You Are."

MarilynAmore Rating: The one thing that struck me.. or pleased me about this film, is how much screen time Marilyn gets! Sure she doesn't have any dialogue, but you'll be pleasantly surprised. The song and dance sequence she preforms along with Dan Dailey is super cute! Also, after loathing Anne Baxter so much after her preformance in All About Eve, my opinion of her has completely changed thanks to this movie.  But I guess that's just a credit to her acting talents, to be able to play such a scheming bitch in All About Eve, to a lovable character in 'Tomahawk.'  There are some parts I loved about the movie and some I didn't.  I'm not a big fan of westerns, so the traditional 'shoot em up' scenes didn't interest me much.  But as a Marilyn movie, its definitely worth watching as, like I said, the amount of screen time she gets. Cute movie.

Trivia: * SPOILER: The ending sees Kit (Baxter) and Johnny (Dailey) married with 4 children, named after Marilyn and her 3 dancing co-stars.

To watch the trailer for "A Ticket To Tomahawk" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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Love Happy (1950)

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, The Marx Brothers.

Plot: The Marx Brothers help young Broadway hopefuls while thwarting diamond thieves.

MarilynAmore Rating: Even if you aren't really the world's biggest Marilyn fan, I'm sure you will have seen her appearance in this movie, as it is featured in nearly every documentary made about her life and career.  Having seen the scene SO many times, the question was, did I want to see a Marx Brothers film? the answer was, yes, but the conclusion was.. disappointing.  I can see why this was deemed the worst of the Marx Brothers movies.  Although there was a couple of laugh out loud moments, the general plot of the movie really let it down.  I also wanted Groucho Marx to have more screen time, but as he is merely the narrator, we were left with the other, less funny brothers.  I wouldn't rate this movie highly at all. But Marilyn still looks every inch the sex goddess.

Trivia: *Groucho Marx told an anecdote -- both on a '60s Today Show segment and in print -- that the movie's producer asked three aspiring actresses to walk seductively past Marx. Whomever Marx decided was the best walker would play opposite him in the film. When the third girl walked past, Marx asked the producer, "How could you possibly choose anyone but that last one?" Marx had chosen Marilyn Monroe for the film.

*The last official Marx Brothers film.

To watch Marilyn's scene from "Love Happy" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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The Fireball (1950)

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Mickey Rooney, Pat O'Brien, Beverly Tyler

Plot: Johnny (Rooney) runs away from Father O'Hara's (O'Brien) orphanage and becomes a roller skating star with the help of Mary Reeves (Tyler) who falls in love with him. Then he is taken ill with polio and it is an uphill struggle trying to get his life back on track and regain his championship title.

MarilynAmore Rating:  What a great little movie! Mickey Rooney gives the preformance of his career as Johnny Casar, the poor orphan turned rollerskating champion.  You really feel for his character in the beginning, willing him to do well.  Then you turn to hate when he gets too big for his boots, but again, feelings of sympathy return when he is struck down with Polio and tries to get his life back on track.  Marilyn's part is pretty non exsistant, infact, the movie would move along nicely even if she wasn't in it!  but nonetheless, she looks stunning and I would recommend it to anyone that wants to see a really early Marilyn role, she looks very "Norma Jeane" here.  Again, great little movie, though I do wish that *SPOILER* Johnny and Mary, the woman who loved him, had a romantic reconciliation in the end.  But still.. the ending is heartfelt nontheless.

To watch Marilyn's scenes from "The Fireball" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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Ladies Of The Chorus (1948)

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Adele Jergens, Rand Brooks

Plot: Former burlesque star May and her daughter Peggy dance in the chorus. When May has a fight with featured dancer Bubbles, Bubbles leaves the show and Peggy takes her place. When Peggy falls in love with wealthy Randy, May fears class differences may lead to misery. Marilyn sings "Every Baby Needs a Da Da Daddy" and "Anyone Can Tell I Love You."

MarilynAmore Rating:  At only 58 minutes long, you feel more like you're watching an hour long soap opera than a feature film. However, I loved it for the fact that Marilyn looks so young and fresh faced. It's like you're watching Norma Jeane more than Marilyn Monroe, which is something really special in my eyes, as Norma Jeane was the person within, Marilyn was the fantasy. Aside from the "comedy" scene with the funny voiced decorators (which simply doesn't fit in with the rest of the movie) and the out and out corny and slightly twee ending, it's a great little film. Out of all her earlier roles, this is the one to watch as it actually has Marilyn in a starring role.

Trivia: *The official line from Paramount Pictures was that they dropped Marilyn from her contract because they couldn't see her potential.  But rumour has it the real reason she was dropped because she turned down the advances of the married head of Paramount, Harry Cohen.

To watch Marilyn's musical preformance of "Every Baby Needs A Da-Da-Daddy" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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*UNCONFIRMED* Green Grass Of Wyoming (1948) *UNCONFIRMED*

Starring: Peggy Cummins, Charles Coburn

Plot: Young Ken McLaughlin buys a trotting horse named Crown Jewel, intending to train and race her. However, Thunderhead, the stallion he released to the wild, returns and steals Jewel to add to his herd. Ken gets Jewel back and also succeeds in bringing Thunderhead home before competing in a trotting race. His chief opponent is Beaver Greenway, a washed-up former champion driver whose granddaughter Ken is in love with.

MarilynAmore Rating:  There isn't much to say about this film, I felt it was 3 movies in 1, it started off promising with the romance story between the male and female lead, Peggy Cummins having to deal with her fathers drinking problem, but then it goes off into a tangent, focusing on the horses running away from their ranch because they're in love, it felt like a kids film.  I only bought this film for the supposed connection with Marilyn, I wouldn't rate it very highly on its own.  It has only ever been rumoured that Marilyn played an extra in this film, they say she is an extra at a sqaure dance.  And of course, there is a scene at a barn dance with a large group of people, any of the girls could easily be Marilyn, infact one girl looked a LOT like Marilyn, but maybe I'm just clutching at straws, she is only ever seen from a far away distance and the quality of the DVD isn't what it should be because of the films age.  Also, toward the end of the film, is a horse race, with hundreds, maybe even close to a thousand people in a stand, all watching the racing, so obviously, Marilyn could easily be an extra, but it is impossible to tell.

Trivia:  *This is the sequal to the film "My Friend Flicka"

*Charles Coburn plays the male lead, he of course acted alongside Marilyn in both "Monkey Business" and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."

*As you can see, Marilyn could easily be an extra, but well hidden from view.  I'm afraid the Jury is still out on this one!

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*UNCONFIRMED* You Were Meant For Me (1948) *UNCONFIRMED*

Starring: Dan Dailey, Jeanne Crain

Plot: 1920's bandleader Chuck Arnold meets hometown girl Peggy at one of the band's dances and next day weds her. Though she loves him, life on the road becomes increasingly difficult for her, but it is the 1929 Crash that makes things really tough for the both of them

MarilynAmore Rating: For some reason, this movie crops up every so often as one of Marilyn's early roles as a background extra.  There has never been any official confirmation of this, nor do I even know where these rumours first started.  Nevertheless, being the avid fan I am, I had to own this film to see for myself whether Marilyn did actually feature.  The verdict? There were many scenes of large crowds of people *see below* that could easily have been her, I even thought I spotted the back of her head at one point, but that was me just clutching at straws.  After seeing this film, I highly doubt that Marilyn had anything to do with it, we would have at least had SOME kind of evidence in the past 60 odd years that would suggest she made the final cut in the film, but sadly, I think this is just another rumor in the Hollywood Mill!  Although in saying that, I'm still really glad I had the chance to see this film, as it's pretty decent.  The plot reminds me very much of another FOX film: "Orchestra Wives", where a female meets a band leader and marries them on the same night and the plot revolves around the hardships they have to face (I would also recommend 'Orchestra Wives')  This is a great little film to be enjoyed on a rainy afternoon, but as I've said, I highly doubt Marilyn was ever involved.

* One of the many scenes that Marilyn could easily have been a background extra in.  I'm as yet undecided as to whether or not she was even in the final cut.

 

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Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948)

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, June Haver, Walter Brennan.

Plot: Light-hearted, old-style romance about a farm-hand who arranges to buy a pair of mules from his employer. No one is able to handle the mules and he must train them. Adding to his dilemma, he pursues his boss's daughter who gets her kicks out of keeping him guessing about her true feelings. Of course, at the end he tames both the mules and the girl.

MarilynAmore Rating: Well.. what to say about Marilyn's part? not much! haha, as her dialogue consists of only 2 words "Hi Rad!" and appearing onscreen for a mere 2 seconds... I thought it was great! no really! I find it fascinating to watch to watch Marilyn in one of her first parts, little realising what a massive icon she was going to become.  A mere 5 years later she would be placing her handprints into Mann's Chinese Theatre, cementing her legendary status (no pun intended!)  The film itself is cute, I found the young Natalie Wood to be the best thing about it, which is strange considering I usually hate child actors and the bratty characters they have to play.  If you love old movies like I do, then give it a go, but if you're just interested in seeing Marilyn, maybe give it a miss, as it really is a 'blink and you'll miss her' part.

Trivia: *Marilyn actually had an entire scene in this movie, which tragically didn't make it into the final cut.  The scene was to feature her in a canoe, as pictured below.  After her death, journalists and people alike were quick to pick up on the irony of the fact that Marilyn was practically cut out of one of her first movie and fired from her last.

To watch Marilyn's brief appearence in "Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay!" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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Dangerous Years (1947)

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Billy Halop, Ann E. Todd

Plot: Jeff Carter has put an end to the town's delinquency with a boys' club. Young hoodlum Danny shows up and influences teenagers Doris, Willy and Leo. They hang out at a juke joint where Evie works. When Jeff tries to stop a robbery planned by Danny, he is killed and Danny goes on trial

MarilynAmore Rating: Odd, odd movie! I don't really know what to make of it. At only 60mins long, the movie centers round a young man's trial.  It is hard to feel any emotion for any of the characters involved as the movie is so short and the trial takes up about 90% of the movie.. so do we really care if this man is sent to jail or not with no real back story? Marilyn is featured in this movie more than I first thought, which is great obviously, she looks so young and speaks in the same way she does in "Ladies Of The Chorus." Would I recommend this movie? definitely not.  But again, if you're a big Marilyn fan, buy it, as it's her first visible screen appearance.

 

To watch a scene from "Dangerous Years" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

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The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)

Starring: Marilyn Monroe? Betty Grable, Dick Haymes

Plot: In the late 1800s, Miss Pilgrim, a young stenographer, or typewriter, becomes the first female employee at a Boston shipping office. Although the men object to her at first, she soon charms them all, especially the handsome young head of the company. Their romance gets sidetracked when she becomes involved in the Women's Suffrage movement.

MarilynAmore Rating: There's so many things about this movie that surprised me, I found it to be such a hidden gem, highly underrated. Betty Grable is adorable in the lead role and has given me the desire to hunt out more of her movies.  Although the plot is very dated, it has many funny moments and catchy songs, you'll be singing them for days!  I became so engrossed in the film, it was finished before I knew it and I realised I hadn't seen Marilyn! I know it's been a running debate for years as to wether she is actually in the movie.. most books I have refuse to aknowledge it as one of her movie credits, but there is audio footage of Marilyn actually speaking about her time on "The Shocking Miss Pilgrim" and her first impressions of Betty Grable.  However, according to the audio footage, it appears that whatever footage Marilyn did shoot, was later cut, but used as a screen test for future use. All in all, this is a movie I would happily watch over and over again.

Trivia: *Orry Kelly designed the costumes for this movie, he also designed the costumes in 'Some Like It Hot'

To watch one of Betty Grables musical numbers from "The Shocking Miss Pilgrim" simply head here: http://www.freewebs.com/marilynamore/marilynmovietrailers.htm

 

 

 

 

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