My Story by Marilyn Monroe

I’m a massive MM geek but i’d never been able to get a copy of her book before today.
Having devoted the majority of today to reading it, i finished it in under 6 hours.

The book was incredible. I felt like Marilyn was reading it to me. It isn’t like most other autobiographies by celebrities in the way it’s written. It truly shows how intelligent MM actually was, i now feel like i’ve learned so much about life from her.

It only covers her life from start until her honeymoon with Joe DiMaggio. It’s heartbreaking and interesting and so beautiful all at the same time. I can’t begin to describe how i feel towards the book.

I would recommend it to any MM fan, although it’s not complete and it wasn’t published during her lifetime, the reason to which i’m not completely sure, it’s definately worth reading.

Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby on the set of ‘High Society’ (1956). Released on July 17, 1956. Produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Directed by Charles Walters.

Frank Sinatra - Mike Connor

Grace Kelly - Tracy Lord

Bing Crosby - C.K Dexter-Haven

Grace Kelly, recently engaged to Prince Rainier of Monaco, wore her actual engagement ring for her character’s engagement ring.

This was Grace Kelly’s last movie before retiring from acting.

Though hers is the central character in the story, Grace Kelly does not sing a solo. Indeed, but for accompanying Bing Crosby on “True Love” and drunkenly shouting, “Sensational,” she wouldn’t sing at all (rare for a musical).

It is believed that Frank Sinatra’s brand new car, a 1956 Continental Mark II (now a very rare item as only 4,000 were ever made and sold) was used in some brief shots in the film released July, 1956. Actor Louis Calhern is seen exiting the car while being greeted by Grace Kelly. Records show the car being delivered to Frank December, 1955 so it seems a good bet that it is indeed the one in the film.

The house used for the exterior of Dexter’s mansion was later bought by “Sunny” von Bülow and her husband Klaus. It was here she fell into the coma from which she has never recovered.

Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando on the set of ‘Guys and Dolls’ (1955). Released on November 3, 1955. Produced by Samuel Goldwyn Company. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

Frank Sinatra - Nathan Detroit

Marlon Brando - Sky Masterson]

Marilyn Monroe wanted to play Adelaide, but director Joseph L. Mankiewicz didn’t want to work with her again (she appeared briefly in All About Eve) and supposedly pretended he never got her phone messages. Animal lover Betty Grable was in talks to play Adelaide but when she canceled a meeting with producer Samuel Goldwyn to be with her sick dog, who had to be taken to the vet with a broken leg, a miffed Goldwyn would not reschedule and dropped her from consideration. Judy Holliday was also briefly considered for the role.

This was the only Samuel Goldwyn production to be released through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Frank Sinatra loathed the non-singing Marlon Brando for getting the starring role, while Frank got a lesser part. His nickname for the sometimes barely coherent Marlon was “Mumbles.”

Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Deborah Kerr on the set of ‘From Here To Eternity’ (1953). Released on September 30, 1953. Produced by Columbia Pictures Corporation. Directed by Fred Zinnemann.

Frank Sinatra - Angelo Maggio

Burt Lancaster - Sgt. Milton Warden

Montgomery Clift - Robert E. Lee Prewitt

Deborah Kerr - Karen Holmes

Eli Wallach accepted the role of Angelo Maggio, but then turned it down because he had agreed to appear in Elia Kazan’s Broadway production of “Camino Real” and had a scheduling problem.

The scene in which Maggio meets Prew and Lorene in the bar after he walks off guard duty, was actually Frank Sinatra’s screen test for the part of Maggio. To impress director Fred Zinnemann, he did an ad-lib using olives as dice and pretending to shoot craps. The entire sequence was kept as is and used in the picture.

Montgomery Clift didn’t manage to move like a boxer despite extensive boxing lessons, so he had to be doubled by a real boxer for the long shots in the boxing match. The fight had to be carefully edited so the close-ups and other shots matched satisfactorily. Nonetheless, the use of the double is obvious if you pay attention to the details.

In the scene where Burt Lancaster and Montgomery Clift play drunk sitting on the street, Clift actually was drunk, but Lancaster was not.

This movie was shot in 41 days and cost $1million dollars to make.

The censors demanded that Deborah Kerr’s swimsuit should feature a skirt in its design so as to not be too sexually provocative.

Deborah Kerr was romantically involved with Burt Lancaster during the filming of this movie.

Frank Sinatra and Shelley Winters on the set of ‘Meet Danny Wilson’ (1951). Released on March 26,1952. Produced by Universal International Pictures. Directed by Joseph Pevney.

Frank Sinatra - Danny Wilson

Shelley Winters - Joy Carroll

Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly on the set of ‘On The Town’ (1949). Released on December 30, 1949. Produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Directed by Stanely Donen and Gene Kelly.

Jules Munshin was terrified of heights. While performing on the tiny rooftop during the song “New York, New York” the only way he could perform the number was while one end of a rope was secured around his waist under his sailor suit. The other end of the rope was secured, off camera, to Stanley Donen. And even so, alert viewers of the scene will notice that during the scene Munshin is almost always touching a wall or a prop or another actor.

This was the first musical feature film to be shot on location. In a TCM interview, Ann Miller took the credit for pleading and persuading Louis B. Mayer to do the shoot on location as she had “never seen New York”.

The crew tried to keep the location filming in New York City as low-key as possible. Many of the scenes were filmed from the back of a station wagon. At the end of “New York, New York”, as the camera tilts up at Rockefeller Plaza, you can see the skating rink lined with spectators watching Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly.

When Gene Kelly dismisses the beauty of a passing New York girl, Jules Munshin asks, “Who you got waiting for you in New York, Ava Gardner?” Frank Sinatra was having an affair with Ava Gardner at the time.

This was the final of three movies featuring Frank & Gene.

Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Peter Lawford and Jimmy Durante on the set of ‘It Happened in Brooklyn’ (1947). Released on April 7, 1947. Produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Directed by Richard Whorf.

Frank Sinatra - Danny Webson Miller

Kathryn Grayson - Anne Fielding

Peter Lawford - Jamie Shellgrove

Jimmy Durante - Nick Lombardi

Piano music was played by unseen 17-year-old Andre Previn, who had joined MGM’s music department not long before this movie was made.

In this film, Frank Sinatra introduced the now standard “Time After Time”, which charted at #17 in 1947. It was later re recorded, by Frank, in 1959 as the B side to “French Foreign Legion”. In 1960, Frankie Ford’s rendition of the song charted at #75 US. Interestingly, that version fared much better than all, in Brooklyn, reaching NYC’s Top 10. In 1966, ‘Chris Montez’ version peaked at #36 US

Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Kathryn Grayson on the set of ‘Anchors Aweigh’ (1945). Released on 14 July 1945. Produced Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Directed by George Sidney.

Frank Sinatra - Clarence Doolittle

Gene Kelly - Joseph Brady

Kathryn Grayson - Susan Abbott

For the most famous sequence in the film, Mickey Mouse was originally meant to be the dance partner of Gene Kelly. However, when Walt Disney refused to have his most famous character appear in an MGM film. Gene turned to MGM’s own animation studio and used Jerry Mouse of Tom and Jerry fame. William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the writer/directors of MGM’s “Tom and Jerry” cartoons, supervised the animation for the sequence.

This was the first of three movies Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly made together.

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 29, 1947 with Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Kathryn Grayson reprising their film roles.

Frank Sinatra on the set of ‘Higher and Higher’ (1943). Released in December 1943. Produced by RKO Radio Pictures. Directed by Tim Whelan.

 Frank Sinatra - Frank

The musical play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 4 April 1940 and closed on 15 June 1940 after 84 performances. The opening night cast included June Allyson, Lee Dixon (as Mike O’Brien), Vera-Ellen, Leif Erickson, Jack Haley (also in the film) and Shirley Ross.

RKO purchased the rights to the play for $15,000, specifically to star Frank Sinatra, and the four songs he sings by Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson were written to accommodate his singing style. He was billed third because the contracts with Michele Morgan’s and Jack Haley’s prevented higher billing.

Two cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Harry Holman (Banker) and Warren Jackson(Contractor)

This was Mel Tormé’s movie debut  

You may remember a while ago that I posted about ‘The Godfather’ (1972). I will now admit that I hadn’t watched this movie until yesterday, this was because I couldn’t find it on DVD, well on Saturday, I found it. It is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen! I loved every bit. Brando was amazing as Vito Corleone. <3  

You may remember a while ago that I posted about ‘The Godfather’ (1972). I will now admit that I hadn’t watched this movie until yesterday, this was because I couldn’t find it on DVD, well on Saturday, I found it. It is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen! I loved every bit. Brando was amazing as Vito Corleone. <3  

Hey everyone, I can’t upload much at the moment as I’m working a lot :( I wish I had the time and I really miss uploading/researching all the movies.

I’ll be back asap x

Hey everyone! I sincerely apologise for not updating this blog much recently. I adore doing it but i don’t currently have the time required to do justice to the movies.
As soon as i have time, i’ll be back uploading regularly x

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.

Clark Gable and Jane Russell on the set of ‘The Tall Men’ (1955). Released on September 22, 1955. Produced by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Directed by Raoul Walsh.

Clark Gable - Colonel Ben Allison

Jane Russell -  Nella Turner

Clark Gable had to stand on a box to look taller than his 6’4” co-star Robert Ryan in one scene.

The first third of the movie was filmed entirely in the studio.

Most of the long shots were actually Clark Gable’s double, since the 54-year-old star had already suffered two heart attacks.

Clark crash dieted before filming began in order to lose 25 lbs.

Clark Gable, Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly on the set of ‘Mogambo’ (1953). Released on September 23, 1953. Produced by Loew’s Incorperated. Directed by John Ford.

Clark Gable - Victor Marswell

Ava Gardner - Eloise Y. Kelly

Grace Kelly - Linda Nordley

Clark and Grace began an affair on the set that lasted for several months. After filming had ended, they resumed the affair while Grace was filming ‘The Country Girl’. Despite this story, Grace Kelly biographer James Spada insists that although Grace was infatuated with Clark, he did not want to get involved with a woman thirty years his junior. Although he liked her, James Spada claims, theirs was a father-daughter relationship.

Clark did not get along with director John Ford during filming, and at one point walked off the set in protest at John’s treatment of Ava. John also made several remarks about Clark’s age and weathered appearance.

During filming Ava flew to London to have an abortion after she became pregnant with Frank Sinatra’s child.