A long time ago when I started reviewing Marilyn Monroe’s movies there was this one movie I was super anxious and curious to watch. The last one. Something’s got to give from 1962 will forever be an unfinished business and a last of Marilyn Monroe
I’m watching MM’s movies in no particular order.
This time it just felt right to check out the last one. The thought I’m witnessing her last performance stayed with me for the whole duration of the movie.
The first thing I noticed while hitting the play button was the short length of the movie. It was just 37 nostalgic minutes.
The plot had potential.
Marilyn Monroe’s character is gone for 5 years having an affair on an island when her husband proclaims her dead and remarries. Suddenly Marilyn reappears and the situation complicates. The comedy of the situation is quite obvious, but I didn’t do much laughing.
This was the first movie I saw of hers when MM played a mother. Well, a mother who abandoned her 2 sons and hid on the island with a new lover, but still. Seeing MM playing a role she longed to be all her life was heartbreaking.
There is so much controversy surrounding this movie.
You’re gonna find scenes from Something’s got to give in almost every documentary about Marilyn Monroe.
And then there is the pool scene. The most memorable scene of the whole movie.
Rumor has it that Marilyn was always late, missing filming for either illness or personal reasons but the fact remains that her delay cost production a lot of money.
That’s why she offered to shoot the pool scene naked.
The original plan was for her to shoot in a flesh color bathing suit but she chose to go with just a bottom, offering a significant publicity boost for the movie.
Even when the set was supposed to be closed to the press, it was Marilyn herself who invited photographers and gladly posed by the unforgettable pool.
The shooting of this scene occurred shortly after a “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” when the name Marilyn Monroe was as big as it gets.
Marilyn would be the first actress to appear nude (topless) in a movie if everything went according to the plan. Unexpected events took place and the title went to Jayne Mansfield a year later.
Even the pool scene was not enough and Marilyn got fired from the movie.
They tried to replace her but how can you replace a Marilyn Monroe?
After her death in August, the film was abandoned, remaining forever unfinished.
What took place instead, was the number of conspiracy theories surrounding Marilyn Monroe’s death.
Something’s got to give and Marilyn Monroe’s legacy lives on forever.