Love Happy (1950)
The stories about Marilyn's debut in Hollywood are so numerous and so divergents that we can't know for sure the real circumstances of her meeting with the Marx Brothers.
The shooting took place at the beginning of 1949, but financial problems postponed the release of the movie to the next year.
The movie was the Marx Brothers last movie and Marilyn's fourth one. Although she only appeared in one scene, she was credited.
She came in Groucho's office, who was a private detective, in a tight-fitting bustier dress and her part was limited to 4 lines.She was paid 500$ for the part, plus 300$ for the publicity pictures of the movie. She also received 100$ a week for the roadshow, and a package for a new wardrobe.
Pictures of her arrival at Grand Central Station, New York City:
Marx Brothers's fans consider "Love Happy" as their worse movie. He had been undertaken because Chico needed money to pay his debts off. Harpo, which wasn't his specialty, took part in the screenwriting. The 3 brothers rarely appeared in the same scene.
Pictures of the shooting :
Pictures off set :
Publicity pictures :
United Artists, a Mary Pickford Presentation
Runtime : 85 mn
Release date : April 7, 1950.
Director : David Miller
Producers : Lester Cowan, Mary Pickford
Screenplay : Mac Benoff, Ben Hecht (uncredited), Harpo Marx (story), Frank Tashlin
Director of photography : William C. Mellor
Music : Ann Bonnell
Direction : Gabriel Scognamillo
Costumes : Grace Houston, Norma
Film editing : Albrecht Joseph, Basil Wrangell.
Harpo Marx - Harpo
Chico Marx - Faustino
Groucho Marx - Sam Grunion
Ilona Massey - Mme Egelichi
Vera-Ellen -Maggie Philips
Marion Hutton - Bunny Dolan
Raymond Burr - Alphonse Zoto
Melville Cooper - Lefty Throckmorton
Paul Valentine - Mike Johnson
Leon Belasco - Mr Lyons
Eric Blore - Mackinaw
Bruce Gordon - Hannibal Zoto
Marilyn Monroe - Grunion's client
Howard A. Anderson - photographic effects
Richard Bachler - wardrobe : men
Billy Daniel - production number stager
Harry Geller - orchestral arrangements
Ray Heinze - production manager
Fred B. Phillips - makeup artist
Scotty Rackin - hair stylist
Casey Roberts - set decoration
Paul J. Smith - conductor, musical director.
Groucho played a private detective, Sam Grunion, who tells how he has resolved the Romanoff diamond case.
A penniless theater company who rehearses in an
empty theater, is involved in the case, because the loot has arrived in
the USA in an empty sardines can. Harpo steals the sardines can to feed
his friends the actors.
The head of the plot, Mrs Egilichi, follows the trail and finds the sardines can in the theater, the evening of the premiere.
Quick as lightning, Harpo catches the can and runs
away on the roofs. He escapes from his chasers by turning around huge