17 July 2009

Something's Got to Give (1962)

Unfinished remake of "My Favorite Wife," due to the firing of Marilyn Monroe from the film. She was eventually re-hired, but died in August, 1962. Film was never completed.

Ellen Arden (played by Marilyn Monroe), mother of two small children, was a photographer on a trans-pacific yacht race when she was swept overboard. After an exhaustive search her husband Nick (played by Dean Martin) has her declared dead. On the day her husband is remarried to Bianca (played by Cyd Charisse) she returns home after having been rescued from an island where she has been marooned for 5 years. Nick learns that she was marooned on the island with Stephen Burkett known as "Adam" to her "Eve". To allay Nick's fears Ellen enlists a meek shoe salesman to impersonate her island companion. Though never completed this film is a must see for all Monroe fans if only for the famous pool scene where Marilyn's character Ellen attempts to entice Nick away from his new wife by swimming naked in the pool. In total around 30 minutes of footage of this film is available and Monroe shows no hint on screen of the troubles off screen while this film was being made.

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