Let's Make Love

Overview

Let's Make Love is a breezy comedy about an off Broadway musical production. Jean-Marc Clement Yves Montand is the richest man in the world and looking for someone who loves him instead of his money. He reads in Variety he is to be satirized in the new production and tries out for the part. The producers hire him, unaware of his real identity. He hires Bing Crosby, Milton Berle and Gene Kelly to coach him for the role. Amanda Marilyn Monroe is the poor aspiring actress who lands a part in the play. Her opening ...
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Overview

Let's Make Love is a breezy comedy about an off Broadway musical production. Jean-Marc Clement Yves Montand is the richest man in the world and looking for someone who loves him instead of his money. He reads in Variety he is to be satirized in the new production and tries out for the part. The producers hire him, unaware of his real identity. He hires Bing Crosby, Milton Berle and Gene Kelly to coach him for the role. Amanda Marilyn Monroe is the poor aspiring actress who lands a part in the play. Her opening number is the classic "My Heart Belongs To Daddy." Unaware of his fabulous wealth, she falls for the playboy billionaire during the rehearsals for the show. Tony Randall plays Montand's fussy public relations agent and tries to keep his boss from embarassment.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
"Marilyn Monroe in Let's Make Love" sounds like a tantalizing prospect, but the end result is unfortunately an only so-so semi-musical, despite some solid work from Monroe. Co-star Yves Montand is frequently blamed for the film's lack of sizzle, and he certainly is part of the problem. Montand is bland at best, his supposed Gallic charm just not surviving the translation from French to English. Away from a chanson, his singing voice comes across as wan and dry, and his acting is by-the-numbers; beware of the section in which he demonstrates what Milton Berle has taught him in the way of comedy. But Montand is not entirely to blame. The screenplay lacks sparkle, and its premise is absurd and artificial. The latter wouldn't be a problem if director George Cukor were operating in top form; with the proper hand, absurd and artificial can become charming and diverting. But Cukor can't get a grip on the right tone, and the movie never really finds its footing. And while the songs are arranged in an entertaining late 1950s fashion, the songs themselves ("My Heart Belongs to Daddy" excepted) are undistinguished. Fortunately, Jack Cole's distinctive choreography brightens the numbers up, and Monroe is in fine musical form (even if Frankie Vaughan, with whom she shares most of the numbers, is not.) It's not one of Monroe's great performances, but she keeps the ship afloat, helped by a nicely underplayed Tony Randall and a dependable Wilfrid Hyde-White.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/2002
  • UPC: 024543035077
  • Original Release: 1960
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marilyn Monroe Amanda Dell
Yves Montand Jean-Marc Clement
Tony Randall Howard Coffman
Frankie Vaughan Tony Danton
Wilfrid Hyde-White John Wales
David Burns Oliver Burton
Michael David Dave Kerry
Mara Lynn Lily Nyles
Dennis King Jr. Abe Miller
Joe Besser Lamont
Madge Kennedy Miss Manners
Raymond Foster Jimmy
Mike Mason Yale
John Craven Comstock
Harry V. Cheshire Minister
Oscar Beregi Chauffeur
Jon-Mikl Thor Wilson
Geraldine Wall Miss Hansen
Milton Berle Himself
Bing Crosby Himself
Gene Kelly Himself
Technical Credits
George Cukor Director
Gene Allen Art Director
David Bretherton Editor
Jack Cole Choreography
Daniel L. Fapp Cinematographer
Earle Hagen Score Composer
David Hall Asst. Director
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
Hal Kanter Screenwriter
Norman Krasna Screenwriter
Lionel Newman Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Jerry Wald Producer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
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