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Friday, June 8, 2018

Something's Got To Give (1962)

After being shipwrecked on a desert island for five years, a woman (Marilyn Mornoe) returns home to find out she's been declared legally dead and her husband (Dean Martin) is on a honeymoon with his new wife (Cyd Charisse). A remake of the 1940 screwball comedy MY FAVORITE WIFE and directed by George Cukor. This is an unfinished film. There were a myriad of problems with Monroe not showing up on the set for various reasons and Cukor shooting around her until eventually, she was fired. Fox attempted to replace her with Lee Remick but Martin refused to work with anyone but Monroe. An agreement was made to begin filming again with Jean Negulesco replacing Cukor but Monroe died before the new filming could begin. It eventually was reshot completely and released in 1963 under the title MOVE OVER DARLING with Doris Day. The footage we have left shows us what might have been. Monroe looks gorgeous, svelte and sexy and she has her first nude scene in the film but who knows if it would have made the final cut. The cast includes Phil Silvers, Tom Tryon, Steve Allen and Wally Cox.

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