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Marilyn's Man (2004)

PG | | Documentary | 26 July 2005 (USA)
A riveting feature documentary about Marilyn Monroe's first husband and boyfriend. He was her svengali, her lover and her friend. She loved him more than anyone on earth, and despite ... See full summary »


Schani Krug


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Tony Curtis ... (archive footage)
James Dougherty ... Himself
Larry King ... Himself
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A riveting feature documentary about Marilyn Monroe's first husband and boyfriend. He was her svengali, her lover and her friend. She loved him more than anyone on earth, and despite Hollywood ordering her to divorce him, she still wanted to live with him, bear his children, and secretly keep him in her life. This film documents her secret life with him, and reveals startling secrets about Marilyn's true personae, her unknown illness, her frailties, fears and fantasies. Written by Schani Krug

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and thematic elements


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Release Date:

26 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Maine, USA See more »


Box Office


$825,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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A Place in My Heart
Words by Markus Metz, Heiko Schneider & V. Biwer
Music by Markus Metz, Heiko Schneider
Performed ny Liz Abella
Recording Courtesy of Empire Musicwerks & Beach Bag Musical Productions
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15 minutes lasting 14 minutes too long!
14 April 2005 | by ldavis-2See all my reviews

I read the director said he made this movie because he wanted to restore Jim Dougherty's place in history. Of course, if his first wife hadn't become you-know-who, he wouldn't even be a blip on the radar.

All of her biographers have noted that Monroe was furious when Dougherty told Photoplay in 1953 that she was so in love with him, she threatened to jump off the Santa Monica Pier if he left her. Little wonder how she'd react to his claims that he created "Marilyn Monroe;" that she was forced to divorce him; and, even when she was the biggest star in the world, she yearned to return to him. How do I put this? Hogwash! Not only is there no evidence they stayed in contact, according to the 8/6/62 New York Times, when her "dedicated friend for life" was informed of her death, he merely said "I'm sorry," and didn't attend her funeral.

He also makes another claim: that he created S.W.A.T. It was, in fact, LAPD Officer John Nelson who presented the S.W.A.T. concept to then-Inspector Darryl Gates.

One of the posters said the film tells the truth; the only "truth" is the pack of lies Dougherty has been peddling for over 50 years in interviews, books, and now this movie. The director should have taken his cue from Norma Jeane herself, and kicked "Jimmie" to the curb like the loser he is!

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