I can't resist a mash-up between the Joy Division's "Love will tear us apart" and the movie, "The Misfits". Saw the Misfits a few days ago and LOVED IT. Marilyn's character Rosalyn despairs at the emptiness of most relationships. Being with someone yet really being alone. The callous disregard that develops between partners. So too, she decries the repeated self-abuse that Perce, the rodeo cowboy, (Montgomery Clift), subjects himself to. But it is the brutality her male friends inflict on a herd of wild mustangs that brings her to a breaking point of repulsion and outrage, and leads to the film's climax.
Marilyn really is incandescent on the screen. It's hard to take your eyes off her. She hooks up with a cowboy (Clark Gable) and his pilot friend (Eli Wallach) in Reno, and charms them silly, but gives them more than they bargained for when she starts asking deep questions about life and love. She says, "We're all dying aren't we? We're not teaching each other what we really know, are we?" When the pilot recalls how saintly his wife was before she died unexpectedly, he says, "She wasn't like any other woman. Stood by me 100%, uncomplaining as a tree." To which Marilyn's character says, "Maybe that's what killed her."
Arthur Miller wrote this as a short story and then wrote the screenplay for the movie. He was married to Marilyn Monroe during the making of the film, but their marriage had fallen apart by the shoot's end. The movie was shot on location in the hot Nevada desert, with heat in the triple digits at times. According to IMDB, both Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift had problems with drugs and alcohol that sometimes delayed filming. Clark Gable was 59 but insisted on doing many of his own stunts, including one where he was dragged by a horse 400 feet across a dry lake bed, at 30 miles per hour. Some think that may be why he had a heart attack three days after filming ended, and died eleven days later. This was the last movie for both Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe.
Marilyn taking break on the set. Her acting coach Paula Strasberg is in the car.
Final note about the movie: the real scene-stealer is this terrific dog.