Something's Got to Give (1962)

Unfinished remake of "My Favorite Wife," due to the firing of Marilyn Monroe from the film. She was eventually re-hired, but died in August, 1962. Film was never completed.

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Bella Spewack (screenplay "My Favorite Wife"), Sam Spewack (screenplay "My Favorite Wife") | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Marilyn Monroe ... Ellen Arden
Dean Martin ... Nick Arden
Cyd Charisse ... Bianca Arden
Tom Tryon ... Stephen Burkett
Alexandra Heilweil Alexandra Heilweil ... Lita
Robert Christopher Morley Robert Christopher Morley ... Timmy
Wally Cox ... Shoe Salesman
Phil Silvers ... Insurance Salesman
John McGiver ... The Judge
Grady Sutton ... Bailiff
Eloise Hardt Eloise Hardt ... Secretary
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Storyline

Years after his wife, Ellen, was lost at sea, Nick has her declared legally dead and remarries. That same day, Ellen is rescued from a desert island and returns home. This unfinished remake of "My Favorite Wife" was the last film Marilyn Monroe worked on before her death in 1962. Most of the footage was unseen, until it was restored into a 37-minute short which aired on television on June 1, 2001. Written by L. Hamre

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Something's Got to Give See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2001)

Sound Mix:

Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The documentary Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days (2001) includes a 37-minute segment made from the surviving unused footage of what was to have been this film. See more »

Quotes

Ellen Wagstaff Arden: [Ellen, frolicking naked in the pool, while Nick Arden - upstairs in the bedroom, can see her] Come on, the water's so refreshing! Especially after doing... you know what!
[laughs]
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Alternate Versions

Existing footage in the vaults of Twentieth Century Fox Film studios was edited by Tori Rodman into a 37-minute film and shown in its entirety in Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days (2001) (TV). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Something's Gotta Give
Written by Johnny Mercer
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Music Corporation
Vocal version performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of The Frank Sinatra Estate
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Marilyn's last hurrah
28 August 2004 | by tday-1See all my reviews

This brief glimpse of Marilyn's last work is very interesting.She was trying a new look that actually made her look younger than her fiftie's image. It's strange everyone was talking about her age and an older Doris Day eventually played the part with a bleached white Marilyn do!It's well known Cukor hated the assignment and was determined to use his own script. Marilyn didn't have script approval and had to face Cukor's resentment every day. At least her bouffant sidesweep hair style swept the country,giving Marilyn one last hurrah.Cukor's attitude soured Marilyn on the project.She was anxious to leave Fox and get into better movie deals. Dean Martin and Cyd Charisse made good costars. It's one of those films I wish they had finished.Despite the ugly rumors Marilyn was staggering around in a drugged state,she looks wonderful. If they had to fire anybody it should have been Cukor.


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