LET’S MAKE LOVE (1960) – reviewed by George

This movie has dream credits: Starring Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand, Tony Randall, Frankie Vaughan, Wilfrid Hyde White, and David Burns, with uncredited cameos by Milton Berle, Bing Crosby, and Gene Kelly. Songs by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, plus a Cole Porter number “My Heart Belongs to Daddy”. Written by Norman Krasna with additional material by Hal Kanter. Directed by George Cukor.                       So why is it so disappointing and just plain silly? Maybe because it’s over 50 years old, but even older films are still funny today. I think the biggest problem is with the situation: a womanizing billionaire takes offense at being satirized in an off-Broadway review (which is still in rehearsal), so he vows to get the part of himself and sink the show. Why is he so upset? And why go to so much trouble? Especially because he ends up buying the production and could close it easily anyway. His family has been super-rich for centuries; he should be used to public comment and in reality would be much thicker-skinned. But there I go ahead, trying to impose logic on cinema! Plus, the colors are muted to dark, and not suitable for light entertainment, although – instead of being light like beaten egg white, this entertainment is heavy like bread cooked before it had time to rise. And although actors get a lot of unjustified flak  and I normally don’t get too critical in that direction, Montand, a great star in France, is not right for this part. He has to tamp down his natural ebullience to play a man who hates anything he cannot control – a really conceited autocrat. Monroe is quite good playing a kind and loving singer/dancer who’s a bit too gullible, but she can’t save this one all by herself.

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