Unfinished remake of "My Favorite Wife," due to the firing of Marilyn Monroe from the film. She was eventually re-hired, but died in August, 1962. Film was never completed.

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Years after his wife, Ellen, was lost at sea, Nick has her declared legally dead and remarries. That same day, Ellen is rescued from a desert island and returns home. This unfinished remake of "My Favorite Wife" was the last film Marilyn Monroe worked on before her death in 1962. Most of the footage was unseen, until it was restored into a 37-minute short which aired on television on June 1, 2001. Written by L. Hamre

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It had been erroneously long-claimed that Marilyn Monroe's erratic behavior pushed the film more than $1 million over budget in just a few weeks of filming. While it is true that Mariln's behavior was somewhat 'difficult,' in truth, her behavior was no more 'erratic' than any other actor then, or now. The reason for this false story was that Fox - already in a massive financial debacle to the filming of Cleopatra (it's cost - even today - make it the single most expensive film - in 2016, it's cost would be over $1billiion) was desperately looking to put 'blame' on. The Fox PR department crafted this story, but, when one understands the cost of Cleopatra to the minuscule, by comparison budget of 'Something's Got To Give,' it's very clear that 'Something's' fate, and seemngly the fate of Fox, itself where to be 'blamed' on Marilyn, as she was considered the 'easiest' to blame. This added pressure to Marilyn, who clearly knew what was going on in the studio's offices. See more »

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Ellen Wagstaff Arden: [Ellen, frolicking naked in the pool, while Nick Arden - upstairs in the bedroom, can see her] Come on, the water's so refreshing! Especially after doing... you know what!
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Something's Gotta Give
Written by Johnny Mercer
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Instrumental version performed by Ray Anthony and His Orchestra
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Oh, For What Might Have Been, Maybe
25 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This could have been one quite-good movie. AMC assembled the footage that was shot prior to MM's death-- but if you're reading this, chances are you know this-- and from every indication, it could have turned out to be an enjoyable sex farce, perhaps a groundbreaking one, as it pushed the envelope just a little further.

First, Monroe looked great in the tests as well as in the completed footage. She could get her act together if handled right. Second, and this fact cannot be overlooked, she was playing a MOTHER-- of children-- for the first time. And a sexy, mid-30s mother at that! Way back in 1962, 40-odd years before "Desperate Housewives," sexy moms were unheard of. Nobody considered that a woman was still a woman, even after having a kid or two.

Second, "Something's Got To Give" had a great cast. Both Dean Martin and Cyd Charisse were perfect as the other two angles in this screwball triangle, Martin quite convincing as a comic suburban dad and Charisse exemplary as Monroe's sexual foil. And the cameos from comedians ranging from Wally Cox to Steve Allen only added to the parfait.

But above and beyond Monroe and the casting, "SGTG" had George Cukor at the helm. Cukor knew a few things about comedy and could bring a presence to any film bearing his directorial touch. He knew what makes things funny. Think the Tracy-Hepburn classics. Think "The Women." Think "What Price Hollywood." No, DON'T think "My Fair Lady" nor "A Star Is Born."

There's talk about finishing this film digitally. Just one question: why? Unless someone can digitally resurrect George Cukor from the grave, there'd be no point.

Something's got to give? Something DID give, damn it. Marilyn Monroe gave into her demons, and what might have been a new start for Monroe's career as we witnessed maturing sexuality never got a chance.


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