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Marilyn Times Five (1973)

| Short | 1973 (USA)
A commentary on the destructive expectations of females in a male dominated society, Marilyn Times Five was made from an old stag film called "The Apple-Knockers, and the Coke"(1948) these ... See full summary »

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A commentary on the destructive expectations of females in a male dominated society, Marilyn Times Five was made from an old stag film called "The Apple-Knockers, and the Coke"(1948) these sections of the film were set to Marilyn Monroe's song "I'm Through With Love". The film depicts a Marilyn Monroe look-a-like slowly taking her clothes off for the camera (the viewer). The woman's actions are looped several times which gives the audience a sensation of exhaustion. That exhaustion keeps building until the very end where the woman is shown crumpled on the floor in an awkward position, which makes it appear as if she is lifeless. Written by Luke Safely

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Arline Hunter as Marilyn Monroe
16 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Marilyn Times Five, otherwise known as "The Apple-Knockers, and Coke" was purported to have been recorded in the mid to late 1940s and was NOT Marilyn Monroe, but rather a Monroe contemporary and Playboy's Miss August 1954, Arline Hunter (sometimes credited as Arlene Hunter). She bears a striking resemblance to a young Monroe, but alas has a chipped front tooth and much larger breasts. It is sometimes hard for people to believe it is not Marilyn, for Miss Hunter does a great impersonation indeed. Not much is known about Arline Hunter except that she was a popular pin-up in the late 1940s through the early 1960s, always close to a dead ringer for Monroe. She recorded various B-films throughout the 1950s including "Sex Kittens Go To College" also starring Mamie Van Doren and others like "The Angry Red Planet" and "Big Daddy". Perhaps her biggest B-film was Ron Ormond's "White Lightnin' Road" in 1965.

As far as Marilyn Times Five is concerned, it is an amazing piece of American "cinema" which both fooled and fascinated many for quite a long time. Hunter has the innocence of a young Monroe and the looks to back it up, if only her anatomy was not so exaggerated. Bottom Line: Marilyn Times Five is a propaganda film with an underground lookalike.


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