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Marilyn Monroe: The Diamond Collection

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Ten of Marilyn Monroe's films restored to pristine condition, plus a bonus disc. The earliest, Don't Bother To Knock (1952), sees pre-superstar Monroe convincingly playing opposite Richard Widmark as a psychologically disturbed woman. In Cary Grant comedy Monkey Business (1952) she makes the most of a supporting role as a dippy secretary. Career launched, it's hits all the way, with Monroe excelling at light comedy in the fluffy-but-fun Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How To Marry A Millionaire (1953), There's No Business Like Show Business (1954), The Seven Year Itch (1955) and Let's Make Love (1960). As a dramatic actress, Monroe looks uncomfortable as a femme fatale in murder thriller Niagara (1953) and a saloon singer in Western River Of No Return (1954). However, she brings a touching vulnerability to her role as a bar singer who gets mixed up with a naïve cowboy in the excellent Bus Stop (1956).

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: September 1st 2002

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