Hello, Norma Jean. To mark the 30th anniversary of the death of the legendary Marilyn Monroe (Aug. 5, 1962, was the fateful date), FoxVideo is releasing "The Marilyn Collection," a dozen of her 20th Century Fox films, including four early efforts never before released on video.
The films have been remastered from original negatives, giving a sharp picture and a excellent sound track; the singing in "Bus Stop," "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "Let's Make Love" comes across with sultry style.
Each video retails for $14.98 and includes a Fox Movietone Newsreel clip featuring Monroe (each video has a different clip), and a collector's card. Also available in this special release is a video about Monroe's never-finished last film, "Something's Got to Give," a romantic comedy co-starring Dean Martin and written, produced and narrated by Henry Schipper.
First-time video releases in the collection include:
* "Love Nest" (1951, B&W, 84 minutes). A postwar comedy about an apartment building of crazy characters. Co-stars June Haver, Frank Fay, Jack Paar.
* "Let's Make It Legal" (1951, B&W, 79 minutes). Robert Wagner, Claudette Colbert. An ex-husband can't stand to let his ex-wife marry another man. Monroe makes a cameo appearance.
* "We're Not Married" (1952, B&W, 85 minutes), with Ginger Rogers. A judge unwittingly marries six couples before his appointment is official. Also stars Fred Allen, Mitzi Gaynor and Zsa Zsa Gabor.
* "Don't Bother To Knock" (1952, B&W, 76 minutes), with Richard Widmark and Anne Bancroft in her film debut. Monroe stars as a psychotic baby-sitter who tries to kill herself and the baby in her charge. A first dramatic performance in an early "Hand that Rocks the Cradle."
Repackaged titles include:
* "Monkey Business" (1952,97 minutes), with Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers and Charles Coburn.
* "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953, 92 minutes), with Jane Russell and the famous "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend."
* "How to Marry a Millionaire" (1953, 96 minutes), with Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable and William Powell.
* "The Seven Year Itch" (1955, 105 minutes), with Tom Ewell. Director Billy Wilder's comedy about marital infidelity.
* "Bus Stop" (1956, 94 minutes), co-stars Don Murray (Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actor) and Arthur O'Connell.
* "Let's Make Love" (1960, 118 minutes), with Yves Montand, Tony Randall and Frankie Vaughan. Directed by George Cukor and Oscar nominated for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture. Features Cole Porter's "My Heart Belongs to Daddy."