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Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend (1987)

Her story is well-known - the lonely child who yearned for affection and approval which she finally seemed to find as Hollywood's greatest love goddess. But even though she scaled heights ... See full summary »

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Gene Feldman, Suzette Winter (uncredited)
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Credited cast:
Lauren Bacall ... Schatze Page (archive footage)
Scotty Beckett ... Willy Miller
Eric Blore ... Mackinaw
Clara Bow ... Actress in Movie Clip
Louis Calhern ... Alonzo D. Emmerich
Charles Coburn ... Sir Francis 'Piggy' Beekman
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Eddie Forbes
Bette Davis ... Margo Channing (archive footage)
Joe DiMaggio ... Himself (archive footage)
Tom Ewell ... Richard Sherman (archive footage)
Clark Gable ... Gay Langland
Clarke Gordon Clarke Gordon ... Himself (as Clark Gordon)
Betty Grable ... Loco Dempsey
Milton H. Greene Milton H. Greene ... Himself (archive footage)
Amy Greene-Andrews Amy Greene-Andrews ... Herself
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Her story is well-known - the lonely child who yearned for affection and approval which she finally seemed to find as Hollywood's greatest love goddess. But even though she scaled heights few could even dream of, she was one of the loneliest of stars. And yet, in spite of the breakdowns, the failed marriages, the sordid rumors surrounding her life -- and her death Written by Anonymous

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English

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November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marilyn Monroe: A legendán túl See more »

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References Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) See more »

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That Old Black Magic
(1942) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Marilyn Monroe in a clip from Bus Stop (1956)
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silk on one side, sandpiper on the other
20 August 2004 | by petershelleyauSee all my reviews

This Gene Feldman documentary features funny anecdotes and insights from Sheree North and Celeste Holm especially, describing the drive and will behind Monroe's sadomasochistic help-me pose. Holm tells that Monroe studied Betty Grable, in particular, to imitate her, though Monroe only occasionally paralleled Grable's brassy quality.

Feldman edits the song Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend to footage of Monroe's ascending success at the time of the film it came from, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but the narration incorrectly names her last film as Something HAS to Give.

What emerges from this study is the irony of Monroe's celebrity and how her need for publicity and attention to further her career did not come with the respect she so wanted as an actress. The end does not comment on the way Monroe died, with no mention of the Kennedy- associated murder conspiracy theory, and the highlight of Monroe's acting is said to be in Bus Stop. Otherwise, the label 'sex goddess' is repeated to an extent that you would guess that Marilyn herself would feel is reductive.

Actors Clark Gordon and Susan Strasberg all offer impersonations of Monroe, with Strasberg's own natural elegance in counterpoint to Monroe's perceived tackiness.


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