USA / 1960
Director: George Cukor
Writers: Norman Krasna, Hal Kanter
Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand, Tony Randall, Frankie Vaughan, Wilfrid Hyde White, David Burns
An absolutely gorgeous musical, starring Marilyn Monroe in one of her last films and Yves Montand in one of his earliest American appearances. He plays Jean-Marc Clement, the richest man in the world who finds out that an off-Broadway revue intends to satirise him. Turning up to spy, he is smitten by Amanda (Monroe) and gets himself the role of playing himself in order to be near her and find out if she’s the girl who will love him for himself rather than his money.
The best known song is My Heart Belongs to Daddy , sung by an iconic Monroe dressed in black tights and a sloppy sweater but Specialisation sees her team up with Frankie Vaughan, playing her boyfriend Tony Danton, in his American debut and Tony Randall as Howard Coffman, Clement’s PR man, offers the comic relief. In addition, there’s a wonderful scene when Clement, in order to brush up his song-and-dance routine, hires Milton Berle, Bing Crosby and Gene Kelly as tutors. Gorgeously shot by Daniel L Fapp and with the legendary Jack Cole staging Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen’s songs, this is a pure delight.