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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20th Century Fox's decision to dump Marilyn Monroe was financial. The studio was already in deep financial trouble with Cleopatra (1963), which, at the time, was becoming the most expensive film ever made. They couldn't afford a bomb, so Monroe was jettisoned. 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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Interesting relic
2 June 2001 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

American Movie Classics broadcast the salvaged remains of this unfinished movie in its documentary MARILYN MONROE: THE FINAL DAYS. The concept of the film is interesting, but what we see is also a bit sad since it is only a fragment which comes to an abrupt end.

The story is 1960s fluff, a sharp contrast to the turmoil both in Marilyn's life and in the country that soon would lose its innocent view of the world. Evidently numerous scenes and inserts are missing from what was filmed. For example, when Dean Martin discovers that his presumed-dead wife Marilyn is not dead, his reaction is, at most, slightly surprised.

It could have been an amusing little film which would have been remembered as Marilyn's first feature with a little bit of nudity. American Movie Classics is to be commended for letting us glimpse this tidbit of the past.


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