As Marilyn Monroe’s penultimate film, and her last in color, and her final completed film for Fox (her final work was the extraordinary The Misfits, which should not be missed), it has an interesting place in history.
Not by a long shot.
There’s treasure to be mined here.
With a film starring Marilyn and Yves Montand, the one actor that would never appear might be Milton Berle.
But he does.
And he’s terrific.
Literally stealing the film away from the two stars.
Add Bing Crosby and Gene Kelly (as themselves), brought in to try to help Montand learn to act, and one can only wonder what director George Cukor might have done with a better screenplay.
As a disc, the Twilight Time release is okay.
Sound is fine, but image is problematic, appearing as overall faded, with almost non-existent blacks, and shadows disappearing into the backgrounds.
Not horrible, but noticeable.
Might the film have been worth a full-blown restoration?
Image – 4
Audio – 5
Upgrade from DVD – Probably
Pass / Fail – Pass