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Let's Make Love (1960)

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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 Clement / Alexander Dumas
Tony Randall ... Alexander Coffman
Frankie Vaughan Frankie Vaughan ... Tony Danton
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... George Welch (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
David Burns 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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Doin' What Comes Naturally! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

8 September 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Billionaire See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,540,000
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Production Co:

Jerry Wald Productions See more »
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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

Writer Norman Krasna initially viewed the male lead as one the audience would view as a kind of a "shitkicker" - a Gary Cooper or a Jimmy Stewart. Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston, Rock Hudson, James Stewart and Yul Brynner all turned down the male lead. Yves Montand was cast after starring in The Crucible (1957) (US title: The Crucible), based on a play also written by Miller. See more »

Goofs

Amanda and Jean-Marc climb into a cab in full daylight but by time they've reached destination a few miles away it is completely dark. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Lamont: New is easy. Funny is hard.
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Referenced in Straight Talk (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

INCURABLY ROMANTIC
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn
Performed by Frankie Vaughan and Marilyn Monroe
Reprised by Yves Montand and Marilyn Monroe
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...but is it really that bad?
30 September 2004 | by gnbSee all my reviews

Released in 1960 after Marilyn's super turn in the fantastic 'Some Like It Hot', LML has often been cited as Monroe's worst movie.

There is plenty to work against the film: Cukor's almost non-existent direction, the rather dreadful musical numbers, Yves Montand's irritating performance and the wasted opportunities of the star cameos.

However, Let's Make Love is a reasonably inoffensive way to waste an afternoon. The plot is slight and therefore doesn't require too much brain power to follow and Monroe is, as usual, cinema gold. Despite the fact that she is slightly overweight here and nothing much has been done with her in terms of make-up, hair or wardrobe she is eminently watchable. She gives a convincing, assured performance in her role turning the simple character of Amanda into a sweet, likable woman.

As I have mentioned before in Monroe reviews, I always find it interesting to see Monroe in films in the 1960s, being very much an icon of the 1950s.

So, is LML really that bad? Well, to be honest no, it isn't. It's lightweight fluff that doesn't really mean anything but is watchable non the less. It is unfortunately placed between the sublime 'Some Like It Hot' and Monroe's bravura performance in the following year's 'The Misfits' but don't hold that against it. Make up your own minds!


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