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Let's Make Love (1960)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 8 September 1960 (USA)
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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.

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Norman Krasna (written for the screen by), Hal Kanter (additional material)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marilyn Monroe ... Amanda Dell
Yves Montand ... Jean-Marc Clément
Tony Randall ... Alexander Kaufman
Frankie Vaughan ... Tony Danton
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... George Welch (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
David Burns ... Oliver Burton
Michael David Michael David ... Dave Kerry
Mara Lynn Mara Lynn ... Lily Nyles
Dennis King Jr. Dennis King Jr. ... Abe Miller
Joe Besser ... Charlie Lamont
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

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English | French | German | Chinese | Italian | Arabic

Release Date:

8 September 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Billionaire See more »

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Budget:

$3,585,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Jerry Wald Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (35 mm mag-optical prints) (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo (magnetic tracks) (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film has often been criticized for its 'split personality' in the way director George Cukor depicted his two stars. While Yves Montand is portrayed as the essence of class and sophistication, Marilyn Monroe's blowzy hair styles, unflattering costumes and suggestive dance movements all contain a crass vulgarity uncommon in her other films. See more »

Goofs

Although the story takes place in contemporary 1960 New York City, the taxicab prominently featured is a 1947 DeSoto, typical of the Post-WWII era, but long since retired by 1960; obviously, it's a TCF studio prop left over from an earlier era. See more »

Quotes

Jean-Marc Clement: You must be pretty tired. How many times did you go through that dance today?
Amanda Dell: Oh, I lost count. Matter of fact, sometimes I even trot home afterwards. You sleep better. You ever trot?
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Referenced in Cool World (1992) See more »

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Specialization
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn
Performed by Marilyn Monroe
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Junk
13 May 2004 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

I have a hard time understanding why a slim minority heaped praises on this film. The film goes absolutely no where, and as far as French males go Yves Montand is one of the least attractive Europeans I've ever seen (and that's putting it too mildly). Surely Monroe's character has better taste than this?

No one's funny in this movie. Comic legend Milton Berle can't hope to save this film with his small part, ditto with dancing legend Gene Kelly's cameo, nor any of the other cast. Monroe herself, as appealing as she is, can't salvage a blase script like this turkey.

There're so many things wrong with this film. Drab costumes, uninspired numbers, miscued performances, wandering story and just overall poor direction that it's a wonder it was ever released at all. Though I suppose the studio had to recoup its losses somehow.

I'd heard a lot about this film since I was a boy, but had never had a chance to see it, probably because it was deemed to racy at the time for younger audiences. Well, now I've seen it, and not only do I wish I hadn't, I wish it had never been preserved. Then again we need poor films in this world to remind us good films are good in the first place. Too bad Marilyn had to be in this one.

Do yourself a favor and pass on this film.


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