A Ticket to Tomahwak (1950)
With the advice of her agent Johnny Hyde, Marilyn obtained a small part in this musical, kind of western.
In costumes of this era, she was one of the four music-hall dancers who danced and sang "Oh, What a Forward Young Man!".
Marilyn began the shooting in August or September 1949.
It was her first movie for the Fox since the studio hadn't renewed her contract, in 1947.
The outdoor shoots were taken in Durango, Colorado.
Several years later, Marilyn would work again with actor Dan Dailey in "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1954).
Pictures of the crew:
Twentieth Century-Fox, Technicolor.
Running time : 90 mn.
Release : May 19, 1950.
Director : Richard Sale
Filmmaker : Robert Bassler
Screenplay : Mary Loos, Richard Sale
Photography Operator: Harry Jackson
Music : Cyril J.Mockridge
Costumes : René Hubert
Montage : Harmon Jones.
Dan Dailey - Johnny
Anne Baxter - Kit Dodge Jr
Rory Calhoun - Dakota
Walter Brennan - Terence Sweeny
Charles Kemper - Chuckity
Connie Gilchrist - Madame Adelaïde
Arthur Hunnicutt - Sad Eyes
Will Wright - Dodge
Chief Yowlachie - Pawnee
Mauritz Hugo - Dawson
Chief Thundercloud - Crooked Knife
Victor Sen Yung - Long Time
Raymond Greenleaf - Maire
Harry Carter - Charley
Harry Seymour - Velvet Fingers
Marion Marshall - Annie
Joyce MacKenzie - Ruby
Marilyn Monroe - Clara
Barbara Smith - Julie
Jack Elam - Fargo
Edward Clark (non credited)
Charles Stevens (non credited).
George W.Davis - art director
Lyle R. Wheeler - art director.
We are in 1876.
Dawson owns a stage-coach company and feas that his firm doesn't last a lot if "Engine One", a railway engine named by Emma Swenney, reaches its destination (Tomahawk, Colorado) on time.
His handy man, a gangster from Dakota, tries to make the train derailed; he runs afoul of Marshall Dodge, then, once this one is wounded, to his grand-daughter, Kit (Anne Baxter).
Marilyn belongs to a colorful group of passengers making this bustling journey; she is Clara, member of a music-hall company hired to produce in Tomahawk. On the way, she performs a dancing and singing show, « Oh, What a Forward Young Man! » (written by Ken Darby and John Read), with the others dancers.
The sabotage attempt fails, and the Good wins to the Bad when the Indians unexpectidely comes to the rescue.