Sad Chukor


I wonder at what point Jerry Waldshtein asked George Chukor into this odd melange?

We know Monroe could veto the director but she only plays a supporting role to the ill-chosen Montand who sinks this sometimes cringe-ingly awkward comedy.

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And I wonder what we're not being told about Frank Abelson being plucked from English obscurity and hired and commodified as Frankie Vaughan.

He seems to have more singing ability and appeal than the clumsy star, Yves Montand.

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Monroe had never worked with George Cukor before and although he was in decline, he had a reputation as an excellent "woman's director." (He had directed all the great lady stars of the 30s and 40s) In "LML" there was no script to work with, and the movie was overloaded with boring "star cameos." A Marilyn was there simply to wiggle through some musical numbers and react to Montand. She has very little screen time. Cukor's directing style was languid to say the least.

He was frustrated with MM because as much as she talked about the importance of the director, she rarely seemed to react with them, preferring the advice and comfort of her drama coaches. Later, after the disaster of "Something's Got to Give" (during which he joined FOX in trying to ruin her) Cukor said: "I had very little influence on her as a director. Basically all I had to do was try to provide a comfortable atmosphere for her."

Monroe was NOT happy having Cukor direct "Something's Got To Give"--she needed a hit at that point, and she knew Cukor was not the man for the job. But, he was on her list of approved directors and FOX insisted she accept him. (The very idea that FOX put him with MM again, after he had directed Marilyn's least successful starring vehicle, pretty much proves they had very little regard for her, or cared whether the movie was a hit or not.)

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___Monroe, a supporting player, that's BS. Hers is the first name above the title. She was the only reason FOX even did the film. I've never sat down and added up screen time, but I don't have to in order to know who the star was.

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Dorian--actually her screen time is distressingly sparse, and she literally has nothing to do, even when she's onscreen. Except for the musical numbers, most of which don't do her any favors. It's a miserably written, if charmingly performed, role.

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