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Let's Make Love (1960)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 8 September 1960 (USA)
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When billionaire Jean-Marc Clement learns that he is to be satirized in an off-Broadway revue, he passes himself off as an actor playing him in order to get closer to the beautiful star of the show, Amanda Dell.

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Norman Krasna (written for the screen by), Hal Kanter (additional material)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marilyn Monroe ... Amanda Dell
Yves Montand ... Jean-Marc Clément
Tony Randall ... Alexander Kaufman
Frankie Vaughan ... Tony Danton
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... George Welch (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
David Burns ... Oliver Burton
Michael David Michael David ... Dave Kerry
Mara Lynn Mara Lynn ... Lily Nyles
Dennis King Jr. Dennis King Jr. ... Abe Miller
Joe Besser ... Charlie Lamont
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Storyline

Billionaire Jean-Marc Clement learns that he is to be satirized in an off-Broadway revue. He goes to the theatre, where he sees Amanda rehearsing a song, and the director thinks him an actor suited to play himself in the revue. He takes the part in order to see more of Amanda. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Doin' What Comes Naturally! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

8 September 1960 (USA) See more »

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Billionaire See more »

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Budget:

$3,585,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Jerry Wald Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (35 mm mag-optical prints) (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo (magnetic tracks) (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film has often been criticized for its 'split personality' in the way director George Cukor depicted his two stars. While Yves Montand is portrayed as the essence of class and sophistication, Marilyn Monroe's blowzy hair styles, unflattering costumes and suggestive dance movements all contain a crass vulgarity uncommon in her other films. See more »

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A copy of "Variety" has editorial copy on back page; in reality, back page of this publication always features ads. See more »

Quotes

Bing Crosby: [singing] If they're told to me all covered with sighs, The wildest of lies seems true.
[talking]
Bing Crosby: You see, you run it all together like that. Keep it movin'.
Jean-Marc Clement: Over?
Bing Crosby: Over, the whole thing.
Jean-Marc Clement: Breathe?
Bing Crosby: Oh, well you and I will know you're out of breathe. But, she'll think it's very sexy.
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Referenced in This Year's Blonde (1980) See more »

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Written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn
Performed by Marilyn Monroe
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Silly, inconsequential Monroe film with a dull Montand for the leading man...
29 September 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

This has got to be one of the dullest films MARILYN MONROE ever did--and equally dull is her leading man, the French accented YVES MONTAND who must have left his heart and his talents in France for the duration of filming.

He's simply bland with a capital B and very unfunny. And when MILTON BERLE, GENE KELLY and BING CROSBY attempt to give him pointers on how to be an entertainer, they're impatience with him is understandable. Whatever magic Montand had in his homeland is obscured here by a witless script and poor direction from George Cukor, who even manages to make Marilyn look less than believable as a wistful showgirl.

The faults extend to the songs to. The only reasonably good one is "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" done in a rather coy and simpering style by Monroe but nevertheless, it's the only high point in the whole show. Everything else is better left unmentioned.

Summing up: A waste of two stars who, incidentally, have no chemistry together, at least on screen. Off is another matter.


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