Monroe’s Chérie, a saloon singer from the Ozarks, runs rings around a hayseed rodeo rider (Don Murray, in his breakout role). A CinemaScope mix of musical, drama and comedy, the film – acclaimed at the time for Monroe’s nuanced performance – provides fascinating evidence of the actor breaking free from earlier typecasting. She’d just renegotiated her Fox contract, was heading her own production company and, onscreen, was trying out the new techniques she’d been studying at the Actors Studio. With a screenplay by The Seven Year Itch’s George Axelrod, based on William Inge’s hit 1955 play.
Also screening on Wed 26 April
Return Fire: Marilyn Monroe, actor and icon
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) – Wed 12 April, 7pm
Clash by Night (1952) – Wed 12 April, 8.50pm
The Misfits (1961) – Wed 19 April, 7pm
Don't Bother to Knock (1952) – Wed 19 April, 9.20pm
Monkey Business (1952) – Wed 26 April, 7pm
Bus Stop (1956) – Wed 26 April, 8.50pm
About the program
Marilyn Monroe's (1926–62) image, as the personification of Hollywood glamour, beauty and desirability, is perhaps the most iconic in popular culture...
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