Marilyn Monroe: The Diamond Collection

05/08/2002
  |  Buy to Own: 05/08/2002
  |  933 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Box set featuring ten Marilyn Monroe movies. In 'Monkey Business' (1952) a research scientist (Cary Grant) concocts an elixir of youth which is accidentally distributed around the office when a laboratory monkey tips it into the water cooler. The scientist reverts to a teenager, his wife (Ginger Rogers) to a child, and mayhem promptly ensues. Monroe makes an early appearance as a secretary. In 'Don't Bother to Knock' (1952) an unstable young woman (Monroe) attempts to commit suicide whilst working as a babysitter in a hotel. She is saved by a handsome airline pilot (Richard Widmark), who has just split up from the hotel's resident singer (Anne Bancroft, making her film debut). From this unlikely beginning, a relationship develops which helps them both come to terms with their personal problems. 'Niagara' (1953) has happy newlyweds Polly and Ray Cutler (Jean Peters and Casey Adams) arrive for their honeymoon at Niagara Falls and become involved in the lives of Rose and George Loomis (Monroe and Joseph Cotton), an ill-matched couple staying next-door. While sightseeing, the newlyweds see Rose kissing her young lover (Richard Allen) and hear them plot to kill her husband by making it look like suicide. When George then goes missing, Rose is asked to identify a body and discovers it's her lover. George's vengeance then begins to threaten them all. In 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' (1953) Lorelei Lee (Monroe) and her showgirl partner Dorothy (Jane Russell) are a pair of gold-diggers who set off on a journey to Paris in search of rich husbands. Wasting no time, they begin sniffing out the wealthy male passengers on their transatlantic liner crossing, but must also fend off various unsuitable suitors - including the US Olympic team. In 'How to Marry a Millionaire' (1953) three models (Monroe, Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable) rent an expensive New York apartment and set out to catch millionaire husbands. Suitable millionaires prove to be thin on the ground, however, and all three find that true love wins out after all. 'There's No Business Like Show Business' (1954) follows the fortunes of two generations of a vaudevillian family. The parents are music hall partners, while their children pursue their own dreams: one deliberates whether to join the priesthood, while another is engaged in more secular activities, attempting to woo a hatcheck girl cum singer - played by Monroe. 'River of No Return' (1954) tells the story of a river journey made by a widower (Robert Mitchum), his son (Tommy Rettig) and a nightclub singer (Monroe) recently abandoned by her husband. As the journey progresses, the three begin to form their own surrogate family, with each member of the group rediscovering the comfort they had all so recently lost. In 'The Seven Year Itch' (1955) happily-married Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell) is left in New York City while his wife and child go on summer vacation. His lively imaginings of what a summer of freedom has in store seem to have some validity when a beautiful and sensuous young girl (Monroe) moves into the sublet upstairs. 'Bus Stop' (1956) follows what happens when tawdry saloon singer Cherie (Monroe) is hotly pursued by naive young cowhand Beau (Don Murray). He does his best, but when she refuses to marry him, he kidnaps her. Stuck on the bus back to his home, she is surprised to find herself falling for him. Finally, in 'Let's Make Love' (1960), a multi-millionaire (Yves Montand) learns that he is to be caricatured in an off-Broadway show and tries to have the play stopped. However, when he falls for the female lead (Monroe), he decides instead that he should join the cast and impersonate himself on stage. Also features 'Marilyn Monroe - The Final Days' (2001), a documentary about the star's unfinished final movie, 'Something's Got to Give' (1962).