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Let’s Make Love (1960, Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand)

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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.

Monroe’s big number ‘My Heart Belongs to Daddy,’ took 11 days to film.

production details
USA | 114 minutes | 1960

Director: George Cukor
Producer: Jerry Wald
Director of Photography: Daniel L. Fapp
Editor: David Bretherton
Composer: Lionel Newman
Screenwriters: Hal Kanter, Norman Krasna
Production Designer: Lyle Wheeler
Art Director: Gene Allen

cast
Marilyn Monroe as Amanda Dell
Tony Randall as Alexander Coffman
Yves Montand as Jean-Marc Clement / Alexander Dumas
Frankie Vaughan as Tony Danton
Bing Crosby as Himself
Gene Kelly as Himself
David Burns as Oliver Burton
Wilfrid Hyde-White as George Welch
Michael David as Dave Kerry
Mara Lynn as Lily Nyles
Dennis King Jr. as Abe Miller
Joe Besser as Charlie Lamont
Milton Berle as Himself

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