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Marilyn Monroe Diamond Coll V1

Marilyn Monroe , Tom Ewell , Billy Wilder , George Cukor    Unrated   VHS Tape
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The Diamond Collection consists of five Marilyn Monroe films plus the documentary The Final Days. Bus Stop (1956) stars Monroe as a singer who finds herself trapped at a bus stop in the middle of nowhere during a blizzard. How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) was built around a trio of female stars, Monroe, Lauren Bacall, and Betty Grable, who play friends who come up with a plan to find and marry rich men. Monroe plays an ambitious showgirl in 1954's There's No Business Like Show Business, which brings together two giants of Broadway, Ethel Merman and Irving Berlin, to celebrate the glories that were vaudeville. Howard Hawks's 1953 musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes stars Monroe and Jane Russell as friends who go to Paris looking for mates. The film is charged by Hawks's stylish snap, a famous set piece or two (including Monroe descending that staircase while singing "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend"), Russell's wit, and songs by Leo Robin and Jule Styne. The Seven Year Itch (1955) is a memorable laugh machine. As a married man left alone during a hot summer, Tom Ewell shows off crack timing matched by Monroe's zesty comic flair, and the scene in which her white dress is blown skyward by a passing subway train has entered the encyclopedia of great movie images.

In The Final Days, producer-director Patty Ivins chronicles Monroe's final, aborted feature film, Something's Got to Give, which was ultimately shut down after the star was dismissed from the production. Beyond Monroe's fragile emotional and physical health, this well-crafted profile examines the financial crisis facing her studio as well as the mounting frustration of meticulous director George Cukor and his cast, including costar Dean Martin, as Monroe's absences drove the shoot over budget. The documentary concludes with a 40-minute reconstruction of footage completed for the feature, which would subsequently be reshot as a vehicle for Doris Day and James Garner, Move Over, Darling.

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Contains: *Seven Year Itch *Gentlemen Prefer Blondes *How to Marry a Millionaire *There's No Business Like Show Business *Bus Stop *Marilyn Monroe: Final Days

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
OK, finally, the six videos in the first Diamond Collection, meaning her 20th Century Fox pictures. Not all are flawless gems, but rather most are the ones she is best known for, and we get an indepth, well-detailed narrative of her aborted last movie.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: Yes, the musical that put Marilyn on the map after the success of Niagara. This movie is dated, but there's also the mindset of the opposites of its two stars. Lorelei Lee will simply drool over a diamond, while Dorothy drools over big pecs. Things aren't that way today. And the classic "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" led Madonna to duplicate that scene in her "Material Girl" video. Good songs and numbers mask a so-so plot and characters. Rating: 3.5
How To Marry A Millionaire: The second Cinemascope film made, Millionaire has MM teaming up with Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall, out to snag rich husbands. MM is Pola, a myopic blonde who keeps bumping into walls and things without her glasses, which she is reluctant to wear because "men aren't attracted to women who wear glasses." That's what she thinks. Again, the materialistic "money is everything" theme prevalent in the 1950's. Not bad, though. (Rating: 4).
There's No Business Like Show Business: Marilyn only has a supporting role as Donald O'Connor's love interest in this one, with the really hot Latin-flavoured "Heat Wave" number a highlight. Most of the drama in this splashy but with no substance movie goes to Ethel Merman, Dan Dailey, and O'Connor. Rating: 3
The Seven Year Itch: This has been my favourite MM film, not because of the skirt scene.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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For anyone who loves Marilyn Monroe, or even for anyone who knows nothing about her but wants to learn, this is an essential collection of her films.
Buy this set along with The Diamond Collection II, and you will have most of the best of Marilyn Monroe's body of work.
The surprise DVD in this set is the "Final Days" disc, in which Marilyn's final (uncompleted) film, "Something's Got to Give" has been reconstructed to give an idea of how the finished movie might have looked.
Marilyn missed a lot of shooting days on the set of this final film, which led to her being fired in mid-production. Acdcordingly, there is a lot of plot missing in this reconstruction. However, if you watch the Doris Day vehicle "Move Over Darling", which was a retitled and completed version of "Something's Got to Give", it will fill in the gaps so that you can watch the reconstructed "Something's Got to Give" and figure out the plot.
It's wonderful that at last we have this final glimpse of Monroe's on-screen magic. She appeared breathtakingly beautiful in the surviving footage of this film. It really makes me sad to realize she didn't survive the summer of 1962 so that she could complete the filming.
Ah yes... MMMmmmarvelous Marilyn!
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4.0 out of 5 stars She's the one! July 28 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Marilyn Monroe in some of her best films. SHe doesn't star in all of them, but her contribution to the films is unforgettable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An almost perfect package June 20 2003
By Ei
Format:DVD
Take "There's no Business like show business"(a completely awful movie which showcases marilyn's voice and body while the rest of it bores the heck out of you) out of this great collection of MM's films, and you have got quite a nice set of movies to feast upon. Also, the documentary, which originally aired on AMC, "The Last Days", is outstanding. Marilyn looks stunning in the footage of her last work on film that was never shown until now.
"The Seven Year Itch", "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, "How to Marry a Millionare", and "Bus Stop"(yippee!! finally back and looking fantastic on dvd) are all great movies of Marilyn's and throwing that monstrosity I mention above in was in bad taste.
I still think it's worth buying. I got it as a gift. It is a perfect gift for the Marilyn lovers like myself.
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Format:DVD
This review refers to the "Marilyn Monroe-Diamond Collection" DVD Collectors Edition(20th Cent Fox)...
Okay you've been warned. If you watch these films back to back your mouth muscles will tire from smiling so much! They are, like Marilyn herself, simply irresistable. They are also jammed packed with lots of other wonderful stars, fabulous music, snappy dialouge, and they are restored beautifully in the original widescreen and glorious technicolor.The set includes five fun films from the 50's, a captivating documentary, and an edited, reconstructed version of her final but unfinished project.
You'll find Marilyn and pals Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable foraging for rich husbands in "How To Marry A Millionaire"(1953). The men they set their caps for include David Wayne, Rory Calhoun, Cameron Mitchell and even William Powell.
Marilyn and Jane Russell sail for France and declare "Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend" in the delightful romp "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"(1953). This one co-stars the wonderful Charles Coburn.
Next up from 1954 Marilyn shares the spolight in "There's No Business Like Show Business" with Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor and Mitzi Gaynor. This one will delight musical lovers with it's lavish song and dance numbers, and wait till you see some of Marilyn's outfits!
Even happily married Tom Ewell is not safe from Marilyn's charms in "The Seven Year Itch". The wife's away for the summer and poor Tom must find a way to cool off poor Marilyn from the hot weather! Hmmm....Delightful....and of course, this one has the famous skirt scene.
Can a girl with a past and a naive rancher find love? It's a pleasure finding out in this poignant tale of "Bus Stop"(1956). it also stars Don Murray, Arthur O'connell, Betty Field, Eileen Heckart and a very young Hope Lange.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The beautiful Eleanor Parker
Eleanor Parker is just as beautiful as Monroe, but her breasts are smaller.
Watch Parker act up a storm in "Interrupted Melody", playing the polio-stricken opera diva Marjorie... Read more
Published on Dec 11 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING BOX SET FOR AMERICA'S GREATEST SEX SYMBOL
Marilyn Monroe was a true diva of the movie screen. That her personal life failed to measure up to the dizzying heights of her film career is a tragedy and one that none of her... Read more
Published on March 7 2003 by Nix Pix
5.0 out of 5 stars She never got enough credit for her films
And I think that this collection really shows her true talent!
Who can resist her charm, her danty personality or her atomic apperance. Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2002 by "sethlox23"
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get ENOUGH Marilyn
I love Marilyn movies!! This box set is also more economical to purchase than each of the movies seperatey. Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2002 by Stacy E. Swanson
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful start to your Marilyn collection.
I got this as a birthday gift and was absolutly thrilled. It's a perfect collection of some of Marilyn's best including musicals, comedies, and drama. Enjoy!
Published on April 29 2002 by Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars Five out of six ain't bad.
This set, for the most part, is an absolute dream. Monroe really shines in the SEVEN YEAR ITCH, BUS STOP, HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE, and GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES. Read more
Published on April 17 2002 by Farrell Mc Nulty
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic collection!
We own it, we love it---- it's classic Marilyn, and if you're not a big Marilyn fan yet, this collection will turn you into one. My husband and I really enjoy these.
Published on March 21 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn Monroe-PINK DIAMOND!
This has to be the greatest collection of monroe movies anywhere!-Bus Stop-"Why I'd go anywhere in the world with you now!" "Aaaaaghhh! Read more
Published on March 14 2002 by Marilyn Monroe
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