You can read the latest article in my ‘Films Marilyn Wanted’ series here
All About Eve, Joe Mankiewicz’s classic satire starring Bette Davis, and featuring a glorious cameo by the young MM as an ambitious but empty-headed starlet, is playing at The JCC in Manhattan from today until Tuesday.
July 1: The Asphalt Jungle, Don’t Bother to Knock
July 2: The Seven Year Itch
July 3-4: Some Like it Hot
July 5: Bus Stop
July 6: Monkey Business
July 7: How to Marry a Millionaire
July 8: Niagara
July 10: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
July 14: River of No Return
July 15: The Prince and the Showgirl, Let’s Make Love
July 16: All About Eve
July 17: The Misfits
Two films featuring Marilyn will screen at the Prytania Theatre, New Orleans, as part of their Classic Movies series: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (June 4, 5, and 8th) and All About Eve (June 11, 12, 15.)
Marilyn comes in 3rd, after Orson Welles and Humphrey Bogart, on this list from Screen Junkies. Along with Bette Davis, she is the only woman on the list – and she appeared in All About Eve alongside Davis, as well as Cary Grant (Monkey Business), Groucho Marx (Love Happy), and her idol, Clark Gable, in The Misfits – the last film either completed.
‘There were many early Hollywood sex symbols, but Marilyn Monroe brought sexy to a whole new level. Her most famous movies were “Niagara’ (1953), “Some Like it Hot” (1959) and “Seven Year Itch” (1955).’
All About Eve, the 1950 classic featuring Marilyn in a small role, is now available on Blu-Ray.
‘I should also make a note of Marilyn Monroe, who makes a delightful impression in one of her early roles. It’s a small part, but the actress has never been better; Monroe delivers every line with such giddy comic perfection (“Why do they always look like unhappy rabbits?”)’
Full details of the All About Eve package at DVD Verdict
As part of the Fasten Your Seatbelts: 75 Years of Fox weekend at NYC’s Lincoln Center Film Society, newly restored prints of Niagara and All About Eve are showing this Sunday, September 5, at 1.35 and 3.30 pm.
Marilyn Monroe was the inspiration for the expression ‘arm candy’, which refers to any woman who decorates the arm of a man – to the envy of other men who see them together. Chicago journalist Marcia Froelke Coburn was commenting on Monroe’s appearance on the arm of actor George Sanders in the film All About Eve in a column in the early 1990s when she coined the phrase.
Marilyn played an aspiring actress, Claudia Caswell, in the classic movie. You can view her scenes on Youtube
Definition from Wordspy:
(ARM kan.dee) n. An extremely beautiful person who accompanies a member of the opposite sex to a party or event, but is not romantically involved with that person (cf. eye candy).
‘All About Eve’ (1950, FoxVideo). [Marilyn Monroe had] already had mini-roles in eight movies when she turned up as George Sanders’ arm candy in the party scenes of this film. But her jewel of a performance as an actress-on-the-make caught the public’s attention.
—Marcia Froelke Coburn, ‘Marilyn’s enduring appeal’, Chicago Tribune, August 21, 1992
Coburn’s essay was a review of a VHS movie collection, and her comments on Marilyn’s acting were sensitive and insightful.
“As time goes by, she appears more gifted than we knew. Not that this is always apparent in her movies. More often than not, she was miscast, badly used or even made fun of (she was the original blond joke). When she shines, it is sometimes by default.”
You can read Marcia Froelke Coburn’s article in full here
Two MM films are showing as part of the ‘Leading Ladies’ series at the Old Pasadena Film Festival.
Thursday, July 15
How to Marry a Millionaire (One Colorado Courtyard, 41 Hugus Alley) 8:30pm
Saturday, July 31st
All About Eve (One Colorado Courtyard, 41 Hugus Alley) 8:30pm
Admission is free. View the full itinerary here