Let's Make Love (1960)
Musical written by Norman Krasna, first untitled "The Billionaire".
In 1955, she had agreed 4 movies for the Fox, but before "Let's Make Love", she had only shot "Bus Stop" (1956).
Originally, the direction of this movie should be committed to
Originally, the direction of this movie should be committed toBilly Wilder, who agreed to collaborate again with Marilyn despite the difficulties felt during the shooting of "Some Like It Hot". But he had already signed for "The Apartment".
Marilyn's dreadful reputation made more difficult the choice of the actor for the masculine leading role - whose character was inspired by Howard Hughes.
Before being suggested to Yves Montand, it was refused by many Hollywood stars. Successively, Yul Brynner, Cary Grant, Rock Hudson, Charlton Heston, William Holden, Gregory Peck and James Stewart declined the honor to play opposite Marilyn.
The idea of Yves Montand came from Marilyn; the Fox wasn't very enthusiastic, but Marilyn insisted and Montand became the man of the situation.
Marilyn's love affair with Yves Montand marked the beginning of the break up with Arthur Miller and nearly caused the break up of Simone Signoret with Yves Montand.
The screenplay (,) posed also a problem. Arthur Miller was called in Ireland, where he worked with John Huston on the screenplay of "The Misfits"(1961), to bring improvements in emergency : "Before the end of the shooting, I rewrote several scenes. I tried to give some sense to those 2 characters who weren't interesting. Their dialogues were hollow and with no personality. I did my best to improve the screenplay. But it was like putting a plaster on a peg leg".Neither the delays, nor Marilyn's health problems were responsible for the delay taken during the shooting, but an actors strike, who asked for salary arrears. The writers guild expressed its solidarity, but at that time,
Arthur Miller was too busied by the screenplay revision to take part in.
Marilyn sang 4 songs in the movie : "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" of Cole Porter, "Let's Make Love", "Incurably Romantic" and "Specialization" of Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen.
Her interpretation of "My Heart Belongs to Daddy", although remarkable of natural, was actually the result of 2 weeks rehearsals.
The premiere of the movie scheduled in Reno, was cancelled because of a power failure.
The critics were very hard, the public sulked the show and in Hollywood, there was a rumor about Marilyn being on the decline.
Press conference on January 16, 1960 : ,,,
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With Gene Kelly
With Arthur Miller
Marilyn celebrating her birthday on the set
Unfastened hair :
Twentieth Century-Fox, Cinemascope and Color (De Luxe)
Runtime : 105 mn
Release date: September 8, 1960.
Director : George Cukor
Producer : Jerry Wald
Screenplay : Norman Krasna, Hal Kanter, Arthur Miller (uncredited)
Director of photography : Daniel L. Fapp
Music : Earl H. Hagen, Lionel Newman
Costumes : Dorothy Jeakins.
Film editing : David Bretherton.
Marilyn Monroe - Amanda Dell
Yves Montand - Jean-Marc Clement
Tony Randall - Howard Coffman
Frankie Vaughan - Tony Danton
Wilfrid Hyde-White - John Wales
David Burns - Oliver Burton
Michael David - Dave Kerry
Mara Lynn - Lily Nyles
Joe Besser - Lamont
Milton Berle - himself (uncredited)
Harry Cheshire - minister (uncredited)
John Craven - Comstock (uncredited)
Bing Crosby - himself (uncredited)
Ray Foster - Jimmy (uncredited)
Gene Kelly - himself (uncredited)
Madge Kennedy - Miss Manners (uncredited)
Dennis King Jr - Abe Miller (uncredited)
Mike Mason - Yale (uncredited).
Gene Allen - art director
Jack Cole - choregrapher
David Hall - director assistant
Lyle R. Wheeler - art director.
Yves Montand plays the part of Jean-Marc Clement, a French billionaire who learns, through his lawyer, Wales (Wilfrid Hyde-White), and his public relations director, Alex Coffman (Tony Randall), that he's going to be parodied in a Broadway show. When he goes to the theater to check the sayings, Clement falls in love with Amanda Dell (Marilyn Monroe) and is engaged by the theater director to play... his own role.
Clement is too attracted by Amanda to confess to the theater director that he is not an actor. During the rehearsals, he notices a rival beside his sweetheart, the singer Tony Danton (Frankie Vaughan), and that Amanda is not particularly impressed by wealthy men. Clement's company, owner of the theater, is about to close it, laying the actors off, but Clement disagrees.
He engages 3 music-halls stars (Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly and Milton Berle themselves) to give him some courses. Wales, the lawyer chargé d'affaires, collects the fund to finance the show.
Clement reveals his real identity to Amanda, who
refuses to believe him. The only way to convince her is to stop the
show and makes her meet the theater owner - i.e, himself. Clement
kisses Amanda. She realizes that despite his fortune and his lie, she
loves "the billionaire"; happy end....
To the Academy Awards
- Scoring of a Musical Picture : Earle H. Hagen, Lionel Newman.
To the British Academy Awards
- Best Film andBritish Film : George Cukor
- Best Foreign Actor Meilleur acteur étranger : Yves Montand.