Dedications: My four late friends Rory, Stan, Bryan, Jeff - shine on you crazy diamonds, they would have blogged too. Then theres Garry from Brisbane, Franco in Milan, Mike now in S.F. / my '60s-'80s gang: Ned & Joseph in Ireland; in England: Frank, Des, Guy, Clive, Joe & Joe, Ian, Ivan, Nick, David, Les, Stewart, the 3 Michaels / Catriona, Sally, Monica, Jean, Ella, Anne, Candie / and now: Daryl in N.Y., Jerry, John, Colin, Martin and Donal.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Myth: Monroe

A Marilyn moment: lots of blondes on this page: Doris, Delphine, Kim, Anita, Jayne, Joni, Julie, Tuesday, so let's do another Marilyn post now and then Faye ....
One of the best MM numbers is "My Heart Belongs To Daddy" from that damp squib LET'S MAKE LOVE in 1960. Marilyn is still rather chubby here and her hairstyles vary from scene to scene, but she is delicious as usual, particularly here. "My name is Lolita. And I'm not supposed. To play. With Boys" .... as the chorus boys dance around her and she peels off that sweater. Jack Cole of course choreographs it, its one of his trademark numbers (like Jane Russell with the olympic team in GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES.
Left: my first MM book, in the  "The Films of ....." series, in 1969.
Marilyn also looked marvellous in her 1954 numbers in THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS ("Lazy", "After you get what you want you don't want it" and "Tropical Heatwave"). But here in 1960 she is evolving into that new Marilyn for the new decade. She is equally peaches-and-cream in her other numbers here ("Let's Make Love", "Specialisation") and then after THE MISFITS she slimmed down and looked even more marvellous in whats left of SOMETHINGS GOTTA GIVE in '62,
those few scenes and screen tests. Just like she worked perfectly with stills photographers and had a different image for each of them: photo-journalists Eve Arnold and Bob Willoughby (see labels), Milton Green and those great mid 50s shots, George Barris at the beach in 1962 and that 'Last Session' with Bert Stern per MM label.

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