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Writers:
Gene Feldman (written by) and
Suzette Winter (written by)
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Release Date:
November 1987 (USA) See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Marilyn Monroe ... Herself (archive footage)

Richard Widmark ... Narrator / Jed Towers (also archive footage: Don't Bother to Knock [1952])
Don Murray ... Himself - Interviewee / Beauregard 'Bo' Decker (also archive footage: Bus Stop [1956])

Susan Strasberg ... Herself - Interviewee
Joshua Logan ... Himself - Director

Robert Mitchum ... Himself - Interviewee / Matt Calder (also archive footage: River of No Return [1954])
Laszlo Willinger ... Himself - Professional Photographer

Sheree North ... Herself - Actress / Friend

Shelley Winters ... Herself - Actress / Friend
Clarke Gordon ... Himself - Interviewee (as Clark Gordon)

Celeste Holm ... Herself - Interviewee / Karen (also archive footage: All About Eve [1950])
John Springer ... Himself - Publicist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lauren Bacall ... Schatze Page (archive footage: How to Marry a Millionaire [1953])
Scotty Beckett ... Willy Miller (archive footage: Dangerous Years [1947])
Eric Blore ... Mackinaw (archive footage: Love Happy [1949])

Clara Bow ... Actress in Movie Clip (archive footage: It [1927])

Louis Calhern ... Alonzo D. Emmerich (archive footage: The Asphalt Jungle [1950])

Charles Coburn ... Sir Francis 'Piggy' Beekman (archive footage: Gentleman Prefer Blondes [1953])

Elisha Cook Jr. ... Eddie Forbes (archive footage: Don't Bother to Knock [1952])

Bette Davis ... Margo (archive footage: All About Eve [1950])

Joe DiMaggio ... Himself - Monroe's Second Husband (archive footage)

Tom Ewell ... Richard Sherman (archive footage: The Seven Year Itch [1955]) (as Tommy Ewell)

Clark Gable ... Gay Langland (archive footage: The Misfits [1961])

Betty Grable ... Loco Dempsey (archive footage: How to Marry a Millionaire [1953])
Milton H. Greene ... Himself - VP of Marilyn's Production Company (archive footage: Person to Person [1955])
Amy Greene-Andrews ... Herself (archive footage: Person to Person [1955])

Jean Harlow ... Actress in Movie Clip (archive footage)

Darryl Hickman ... Leo Emerson (archive footage: Dangerous Years [1947])
Taylor Holmes ... Mr. Esmond Sr. (archive footage: Gentleman Prefer Blondes [1953])

Buster Keaton ... Actor in Movie Clip (archive footage)

Jack Lemmon ... Jerry (archive footage: Some Like it Hot [1959])

Dean Martin ... Nicholas 'Nick' Arden (archive footage: Something's Got to Give [1962 short])

Groucho Marx ... Detective Sam Grunion (archive footage: Love Happy [1949])

Gary Merrill ... Bill Simpson (archive footage: All About Eve [1950])

Arthur Miller ... Himself - Monroe's Third Husband (archive footage)
Augusta Barnett Miller ... Herself - Arthur Miller's Mother (archive footage)
Isidore Miller ... Himself - Arthur Miller's Father (archive footage)
Edward R. Murrow ... Himself - Television Interview Host (archive footage: Person to Person [1955])
Patricia Newcomb ... Herself - Publicist (archive footage)

Tommy Noonan ... Gus Esmond Jr. (archive footage: Gentleman Prefer Blondes [1953])

Arthur O'Connell ... Virgil Blessing (archive footage: Bus Stop [1956])

Laurence Olivier ... The Regent (archive footage: The Prince and the Showgirl [1957])

Jean Peters ... Polly Cutler (archive footage: Niagra [1953])

Queen Elizabeth II ... Herself (archive footage)
Gregory Ratoff ... Max Fabian (archive footage: All About Eve [1950])

Jane Russell ... Dorothy Shaw (archive footage: Gentleman Prefer Blondes [1953])

Robert Ryan ... Earl Pfeiffer (archive footage: Clash by Night [1952])

George Sanders ... Addison DeWitt (archive footage: All About Eve [1950])

Max Showalter ... Ray Cutler (archive footage: Niagra [1953]) (as Casey Adams)

Phil Silvers ... Johnson (archive footage: Something's Got to Give [short 1962])

Barbara Stanwyck ... Mae Doyle D'Amato (archive footage: Clash by Night [1952])

Rudolph Valentino ... Actor in Movie Clip (archive footage)

David Wayne ... Freddie Denmark (archive footage: How to Marry a Millionaire [1953])

Victor Mature ... Himself - Clip with Queen Elizabeth (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Gene Feldman 
Suzette Winter (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Gene Feldman (written by) and
Suzette Winter (written by)

Produced by
Ron Devillier .... executive producer
Brian Donegan .... executive producer
Gene Feldman .... producer
Stephen Janson .... associate producer
Suzette Winter .... producer
Stephen Janson .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Richard Francis (camera)
Rick Robertson (camera)
 
Film Editing by
Leslie Mulkey 
 
Sound Department
Robbie Robinson .... sound
Pawel Wdowczak .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Brennecke .... assistant camera
Dan Golden .... still photographer
Steve Papantonis .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Ian Clark .... photo montage
Victor Kanefsky .... supervising editor
Robert Kuhns .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Diane Ehrlichman .... music supervision
 
Other crew
James Haspiel .... consultant
James Haspiel .... home movie footage
Mara Marmorstein .... production secretary
 
Thanks
Roberta Blue .... the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film
Joseph Curtis .... the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film
Clarke Gordon .... the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film
Celeste Holm .... the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film
Joshua Logan .... the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film
Robert Mitchum .... the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film
Don Murray .... the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film
Sheree North .... the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film
Jessie Scott .... the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film
John Springer .... the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film
Susan Strasberg .... the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film
Laszlo Willinger .... the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film
Shelley Winters .... the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • CBS News  the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film
  • Cinema Collectors  the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film
  • Hearst Metrotone News  the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film (as Hearst Metrotone News Division)
  • J.G. Films  negative cutting (as JG Films)
  • Killiam Shows  the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film
  • Kobal Collection  the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film
  • MGM/UA Entertainment Company  the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film (as MGM/UA Entertainment Co.)
  • MND Collection, The  the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film
  • RKO Pictures  the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film
  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation  the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film (as Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp._)
  • Twentieth Century-Fox Movietone News  the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film (as Twentieth Century Fox Movietonews)
  • U.S. National Archives  the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film (as The National Archives )
  • Valkhn Film & Video  post-production services (as Valkhn Films)
  • Warner Brothers  the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in the making of this film

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
silk on one side, sandpiper on the other, 20 August 2004
Author: petershelleyau from Sydney, Australia

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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