STUDIO: 20th Century Fox
RUNNING TIME: 105 minutes
MARILYN MINUTES: Starring
Available on DVD
Known as on the world's richest, most powerful and eligible bachelors, Jean Marc Clement (Yves Montand) is not amused when he learns that an off-Broadway show plans on parodying his fickle ways. He'll do anything to stop the show - until he meets Amanda (Marilyn Monroe), the production's real show stopper! In a classic case of "if you can't beat'em join'em" he auditions and lands a role playing himself! Underwhelmed by his lack of talent, Amanda all but ignores his romantic advances. In a desperate attempt to get her attention he hires Bing Crosby, Gene Kelley and Milton Berle (as themselves), to help him get his act together and win the woman of his dreams.
This is my least favourite of Marilyn's starring roles. The movie is just NOT
funny. However, Marilyn does have several production numbers in it. Including
the wonderful "My Heart Belongs to My Daddy". This is generally
considered Marilyn's least successful film. Although I find it interesting to
try and figure out what on earth Marilyn saw in Yves Montand (the two had an
affair during filming). It is a starring role so of course it is a must have for
collectors but I'd wouldn't put it very high on my list.
Review: New York Daily Mirror
" Miss Monroe, basically a first-rate comedienne, doesn't have a single bright line. Of course, the famous charms are in evidence."