Featured Flick: The Misfits

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VisionTV presents Marilyn Monroe Week, five nights and five movies starring Hollywood’s most glamorous leading lady. Starting at midnight, August 5, watch Monroe in her most famous films: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Misfits, River of No Return, Some Like it Hot and Niagara. Click on each title for details on the movie and a retrospective look at what it meant to her career and her reputation. And, as always, we’d love to hear your comments below.

Tonight’s Feature:  The Misfits (1961) — Tuesday Aug. 6 – Midnight on VisionTV

Director: John Huston

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift

Plot: A poignant tale of the dying Old West, Roslyn (Marilyn Monroe) plays a troubled divorcee who falls in with a group of aimless, modern-day cowboys, including Gay (Clark Gable) and Guido (Eli Wallach).

Memorable Line:

Roslyn: “If I’m going to be alone, I want to be by myself.”

50 years later: Even with big-name actors, a highly respected director and a screenplay written by Arthur Miller (Monroe’s husband), The Misfits bombed both at the box office and in the eyes of critics. However, modern reviewers now see it in a different light, praising Huston’s directorial skills and Gable’s fine performance. Monroe, who had to get a day pass from a psychiatric hospital to attend the premiere, hated her performance. It would turn out to be her last completed film.