Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift on the set of ‘The Misfits’ (1961). Released on February 1, 1961. Produced by Seven Arts Productions. Directed by John Huston.
Clark Gable - Gay Langland
Marilyn Monroe - Roslyn Taber
Montgomery Clift - Perce Howland
A doctor was on call 24 hours a day for both Marilyn and Montgomery during the filming because both were experiencing health problems with alcohol and medical stimulants.
United Artists executives were unhappy with the rough cut of the film, so director John Huston, producer Frank E. Taylor, and writer Arthur Miller all agreed to reshoot several scenes. Clark Gable had script approval, however, and he rejected the idea. Other disagreements over the final cut resulted in the elimination of a shot of Marilyn’s naked breast from the bedroom scene.
This was the last completed film for both Clark and Marilyn. Clark died of a heart attack shortly after filming ended, and Marilyn died of an alleged drug overdose over one year later.
Bored while waiting for Marilyn to turn up on the set, Clark opted to do his own stunts, which included being dragged by a truck traveling at 30 mph.
On the last day of filming, Clark said regarding Marilyn, “Christ, I’m glad this picture’s finished. She damn near gave me a heart attack.” On the next day, Clark suffered a severe coronary thrombosis. He sadly died in hospital from a heart attack just ten days later.
When Montgomery was filming one of his rodeo stunts, his shirt was ripped. They decided to keep filming and the torn shirt can be seen in several shots.
Originally written as a short story by Arthur Miller while awaiting his own divorce in Reno prior to marrying Marilyn.
According to writer Arthur Miller, Clark had already seen a rough cut of the movie by the last day of filming, and said, “This is the best picture I have made, and it’s the only time I’ve been able to act.”
Many people were shocked by the change in Clark’s voice, leading some to question whether he may have had lung cancer at the time of his death.
Clark received $750,000 for the film plus $58,000 for each week of overtime.
This movie was on television on the night Montgomery died. His live-in personal secretary, Lorenzo James, asked Montgomery if he wanted to watch it. “Absolutely not” was Montgomery’s reply, the last words that he spoke to anyone. He was found dead the next morning, having suffered a heart attack during the night.
The movie was filmed very close to where Clark had made his first sound picture ‘The Painted Desert’ thirty years earlier.