Marilyn Monroe gives one of her sultriest and most natural performances in this George Cukor comedy about a Broadway actress who is pursued by a smitten French billionaire (Yves Montand).
Jonathan Rosenbaum recently made an “embarrassing confession” that he still somewhat prefers George Cukor’s lavish CinemaScope musical comedy to Hitchcock’s Psycho, an audacious opinion formed when he first saw the two films on the same day at age seventeen. Although she reluctantly signed on to the film to fulfill a Fox contract, Monroe flourished under Cukor’s tender direction, giving one of her sultriest and most natural performances as Amanda Dell, an actress performing in a satirical off-Broadway revue that lampoons a French billionaire. When said billionaire (Yves Montand, who learned English for the film) visits the theatre with the intention of shutting down the show, he is unexpectedly offered a part in the production as himself — a role which he accepts so that he can get close to Amanda (having witnessed her performing the sassiest rendition of “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” imaginable). “Monroe’s character in this movie, neither a bimbo nor a schemer, and certainly not a psychological cripple (accounting for most of her other parts from the ’50s onwards), is in some ways the most likable and realistic role she ever played” (Rosenbaum).
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