Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe lead an outstanding cast in the WONDERFUL 1961 film The Misfits, directed by John Huston. Tragically, it would be the last completed film legends Gable or Monroe made. He died of a heart attack shortly after filming ended and she died a year and a half later.
Obviously, that’s the SAD side of the historical film. The great side is that the film happened to begin with. Marilyn Monroe had grown up idolizing Clark Gable, so the fact that she got to make a film with him really warms my heart. It’s also, in my opinion, one of her very best performances.
Add these to the fact that the movie is truly outstanding and you can see why it’s such a bittersweet film. It might just be the very definition of bittersweet.
The western also stars Montgomery Clift, Thelma Ritter, Eli Wallach, James Barton, and Kevin McCarthy.
Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable
You can buy The Misfits on dvd or Blu-ray (Amazon link). Surprisingly it isn’t on Prime Video, given the historical importance of the film (and how good it is), you’d think it would be.