Ladies of the Chorus (1948)
"Ladies of the Chorus" was the only movie Marilyn shot during her 6 months stay at the Columbia.
The movie was shot in 10 days. She passed from extra parts to a bit part, playing the character of Peggy Martin, a chorister, wanting desperatly to marry her attractive fiancé, who belonged to the high society.
It was also her first singing part. Her teacher Fred Karger, to whom she had fell in love with, helped her to give a solid interpretation of Allan Roberts and Lester Lee's songs :" Every Baby Needs a da da Daddy" (revived in "Okinawa", a 1952 movie) and "Anyone Can Tell I Love You".
This movie marked the beginning of a 6 years collaboration with her drama teacher, Natasha Lytess.
On this set, Marilyn was dresses for the first time by the designer Jean-Louis, with who she would collaborate again on her 2 last movies.
Despite her name was mentionned for the first time by Tibor Krekes in a critic of the Motion Picture Herald, her interpretation, which hadn't convinced the head of the studios, Harry Cohn, didn't encourage the Columbia to follow up on their collaboration.
Stiped suitalone ;,
Columbia Pictures, black and white
Runtime : 61 mn
Release date : October 22, 1948.
Director : Phil Karlson
Producer : Harry A. Romm
Screenplay : Joseph Carol, based on a story of Harry Sauber and Joseph Carol
Director of photograpy : Frank Redman
Music : Mischa Bakaleinikoff
Film editing: Richard Fantl.
Adele Jergens - May Martin
Marilyn Monroe - Peggy Martin
Rand Brooks - Randy Carroll
Nana Bryant - Mrs Carroll
Eddie Garr - Billy Mackay
Steven Geray - Salisbury
Bill Edwards - Alan Wakefield
Marjorie Hoshelle - Bubbles LaRue
Frank Scanell - Joe
Dave Barry - Ripple
Myron Healey - Ripple Jr
Robert Clarke - Peter Winthrop
Gladys Blake - Flower shop girl
Emmett Vogan - doctor
Jack Boyle - dance director
James A. Crowe - set decoration
Robert Peterson - art direction.
The story, very morale, tells the pitfalls threatening the love affairs which break the social limits.
Peggy (Marilyn Monroe), daughter of a music-hall star, May Martin, is herself, a music-hall star too.
May worries about her daughter when this one falls in love with the rich Randy Carroll - she has also lived a
disappointing love affair with a man from a social level higher than her one.