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Let's Make Love (1960)

When billionaire Jean-Marc Clement learns that he is to be satirized in an off-Broadway revue, he passes himself off as an actor playing him in order to get closer to the beautiful star of the show, Amanda Dell.

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Billionaire Jean-Marc Clement learns that he is to be satirized in an off-Broadway revue. He goes to the theatre, where he sees Amanda rehearsing a song, and the director thinks him an actor suited to play himself in the revue. He takes the part in order to see more of Amanda. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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MARILYN MONROE and YVES MONTAND the French entertainment sensation! doing what they do best in LET'S MAKE LOVE See more »


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$6,540,000 (USA)
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Milton Berle placed ads in Hollywood trade papers seeking a Best Supporting Oscar nomination for playing himself. See more »

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When Amanda jogs out of theater, she passes same stores twice. See more »

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Narrator: Jean-Marc bought a balloon factory and prospered. He was a completely dedicated man - interested in balloons of every kind. He died in 1777 leaving well over 300,000 francs. The cause of death was listed as, uh, excessive interest in balloons.
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INCURABLY ROMANTIC
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn
Performed by Frankie Vaughan and Marilyn Monroe
Reprised by Yves Montand and Marilyn Monroe
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...but is it really that bad?
30 September 2004 | by (Berlin) – See all my reviews

Released in 1960 after Marilyn's super turn in the fantastic 'Some Like It Hot', LML has often been cited as Monroe's worst movie.

There is plenty to work against the film: Cukor's almost non-existent direction, the rather dreadful musical numbers, Yves Montand's irritating performance and the wasted opportunities of the star cameos.

However, Let's Make Love is a reasonably inoffensive way to waste an afternoon. The plot is slight and therefore doesn't require too much brain power to follow and Monroe is, as usual, cinema gold. Despite the fact that she is slightly overweight here and nothing much has been done with her in terms of make-up, hair or wardrobe she is eminently watchable. She gives a convincing, assured performance in her role turning the simple character of Amanda into a sweet, likable woman.

As I have mentioned before in Monroe reviews, I always find it interesting to see Monroe in films in the 1960s, being very much an icon of the 1950s.

So, is LML really that bad? Well, to be honest no, it isn't. It's lightweight fluff that doesn't really mean anything but is watchable non the less. It is unfortunately placed between the sublime 'Some Like It Hot' and Monroe's bravura performance in the following year's 'The Misfits' but don't hold that against it. Make up your own minds!


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