Marilyn Monroe’s eventful acting, modeling, and singing career started on a low-key note with fleeting appearances in ‘Dangerous Years’ (1947) and ‘Scudda Hay! (1948). In the initial years, she worked in films like ‘Ladies of the Chorus’, ‘Love Happy’, ‘The Fireball’, ‘Right Cross’ and ‘The Ticket to Tomahawk’, in which she enacted bit parts. She left an indelible impression on the audience striking performance in two films, ‘All about Eve’ and ‘The Asphalt Jungle’, though she had a small role in both the films.
She gained foothold in the film industry by dint of her stunning performance in ‘Clash by Night’. But the movies ‘Don’t Bother to Knock’, ‘We’re Not Married’ and ‘Monkey Business’ typecast her as a sex symbol. Her most successful films were ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’, ‘Niagara’, ‘The Seven Year Itch’ and ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’ with the last being her top grossing movie.
Chicago musicians Joe and Jerry accidentally witness a mafia murder and disguise as women to enlist into an all-female band to get out of town quickly. However, complications arise after Joe poses as a millionaire to impress the band's vocalist and ukulele player Sugar, while Jerry draws the attention of an actual millionaire who won't take refusal kindly.
The Seven Year Itch is a romantic comedy film, which tells the story of a married man, whose family goes away for the summer. However, in the meantime, he feels attracted to his beautiful neighbor.
Show-girl Lorelei Lee, who is engaged to Gus Esmond Jr., takes friend Dorothy Shaw on a transatlantic cruise, where the beauties enjoy attention of admiring men. Gus’s wealthy father, who disapproves of their relationship and is convinced that Lorelei is after money, sends a private detective to keep a watch. The movie is remembered for number ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friends.’
How to Marry a Millionaire is a romantic comedy film which tells the story of three women who are tired of being broke. They soon plan to trap and marry three eligible millionaires.
After being left by his girlfriend, pilot Jed Towers finds himself attracted to the beautiful Nell Forbes, while staying at a hotel in New York City. He soon learns that she is a babysitter, taking care of a child named Bunny. However, over time, he begins to doubt her mental stability, and feels that the child may be in some sort of danger.
After completing his prison sentence, farmer Matt Calder returns his town in order to reunite with his young son. Meanwhile, a bar singer Kay is heading downriver with her boyfriend Harry, in order to explore a potential gold claim. When their raft sinks, Harry robs Matt of his gun and his horse, and he continues on his journey without Kay. Therefore, the three of them plan revenge.
The plot of the movie, which is based on Mary Orr’s 1946 short story The Wisdom of Eve, follows Eve Harrington who meets her idol, Margo Channing, and is eventually taken into latter’s household. What Margo, a successful theatre actress, does not know is that Eve plans to use her and everyone around her to boost her own career and attain super stardom.
Released from prison, criminal Erwin ‘Doc’ Riedenschneider contacts a corrupt lawyer for financial backing before planning a major jewelry robbery. He hires a safe-cracker, a getaway driver and a gunman for the heist, which goes as planned. But an alarm results in shootout, killing one of them. What ensue is betrayal, deceit, murder and suicide, as the police hunt each one of them.
While going through her divorce, Roslyn, a beautiful ex-stripper, meets a cowboy-turned-gambler Gay Langland and Guido Racanelli, a former aviator who had served in the Second World War. Both men instantly find themselves attracted to Roslyn, and on a whim, the three decide to move into Guido’s half-finished desert home.
Monkey Business is a comedy film which tells the story of a scientist who is able to develop the elixir of life, which can help adults become young once again. Things get hilarious when he and his wife actually drink it.
Miriam Halsworth is divorcing Hugh because of his addiction to gambling. Things get comically complicated when self-made millionaire, Victor Macfarland, Hugh’s rival for Miriam’s hand twenty years ago tries to win her back. As secrets are revealed, lovers are reconciled and Hugh earns Miriam’s forgiveness.
This musical comedy drama film takes us to 1919 and revolves around the lives and careers of Terence and Molly Donahue, a husband-and-wife vaudeville team. Over the years, their children Steve, Katy and Tim begin to join the act one by one as well. Things get complicated when Tim falls for a performer named Vicky. After things go sour between them, Tim abandons the act, and disappears.
Clash By Night is a drama film which tells the story of a woman named Mae Doyle, who returns to her hometown in Monterey, California, after spending ten years on the East Coast. All this time, she was seeing a married politician who has now passed away. Although he had left her some money, unfortunately his wife and relatives took her to court and won the case. Although Mae has now become quite cynical in nature, she begins to date Jerry D’Amato, a good natured and unsophisticated fisherman. However, she dislikes his friend Earl, who seems to be a misogynist.
Johnny Casar is a moody and angry young man, who lives at a Catholic orphanage which is run by a priest. One day, he decides to run away, and soon manages to become a world-class skater. However, he becomes extremely arrogant, and also starts womanizing and bullying others. Things change when he gets sick with polio.
Let’s Make Love is a musical romantic comedy film which tells the story of Jean Marc Clement, a billionaire, who learns that he is being satirized in an off-Broadway revue. He goes to the theatre, where he sees Amanda Dell rehearing a song. When the director mistakes him to be an actor, Jean decides to play along, as he finds himself attracted to Amanda.
In a competition between a railroad and a stagecoach company to obtain the government franchise for Colorado territory, Kit Dodge Jr., daughter of a railroad executive, with the help of travelling salesman Johnny Behind-the-Deuces, is supporting the train-man to reach Tomahawk in time. But afraid of losing their business, a Stagecoach Company sends ruthless Dakota to stop the train at any cost.
Right Cross is a 1950 sports drama film, which revolves around a Mexican boxer fighting to retain his crown as well as win enough money to marry the girl he likes.
Chuck is a bandleader who falls for Peggy, a girl in his hometown. They soon get married and depart on a tour. However, their lives turn upside down due to the Stock Market Crash of 1929, and the two are forced to return home penniless and defeated. Chuck still decides not to give up.
Tensions exist between the families of a farmer who raises purebred racing horses and a rival horse rancher Rob. The farmer's niece falls for Ken, Rob's son, however, the relationship between the lovers is marred as things turn ugly between the families when Thunderhead, an untamed stallion, breaks onto Rob's ranch and unchains his finest racing horse.
Snug Dominy leaves his mean step-mother and step-brother to take a job with neighbor Roarer McGill. Snug is in love with Roarer’s daughter who refuses to reveal her true feelings. When his step-brother tries to harm the two mules that Snug bought from Roarer, Snug saves the mules and later, uses them to rescue Roarer, thus earning his blessings to marry his daughter.
Marilyn Monroe Awards
|Winner||World Film Favorite - Female||1962|
|Some Like It Hot||Best Actress - Comedy or Musical||1960|
|Winner||World Film Favorite - Female||1954|