'Marilyn Collection' includes four movies new to video

August 05, 1992|By Knight-Ridder Newspapers

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."

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