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The Sex Symbol (1974)

A thinly disguised version of the life of Marilyn Monroe, detailing her ups and downs in life and how her erratic behavior contributes to her deteriorating career.

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David Lowell Rich

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Alvah Bessie (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Connie Stevens ... Kelly Williams / Emmaline Kelly
Shelley Winters ... Agatha Murphy
Jack Carter ... Manny Fox
William Castle ... Jack P. Harper
Don Murray ... Senator Grant O'Neal
James Olson ... Calvin Bernard
Nehemiah Persoff ... Nick Fortis
Madlyn Rhue ... Joy Hudson
Milton Selzer ... Phil Bamberger
Tony Young ... Rick Roman
William Smith ... Butch Wischnewski
Rand Brooks ... Edward Kelly
Malachi Throne ... Otto Litsky (American television version) (voice)
Frank Loverde Frank Loverde ... Investigator
Bing Russell ... Public Relations Man
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A thinly disguised version of the life of Marilyn Monroe, detailing her ups and downs in life and how her erratic behavior contributes to her deteriorating career.

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A World Premiere! The body worshipped around the world. Starring Connie Stevens and Shelley Winters.

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marilyn Monroe: The Untold Story See more »

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| (European Film Market) | (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 65533 delivered on 15-11-1974. See more »

Alternate Versions

Shown theatrically overseas with additional nude scenes included. See more »

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Coarse TV "drama" based on Marilyn Monroe
29 March 2004 | by pmullinsjSee all my reviews

'The Sex Symbol' is mainly about Connie Stevens on a pink telephone calling for help after hours, while drinking large amounts of gin or vodka, and being told not to take any pills (too.)

She goes around screaming "I'm a STAR!" in a plastic-desperate way in almost every scene in the movie.

This may be worth watching for William Smith, as Buck Wischnewski (his resume says "Butch" but Stevens calls him "Buck" in the film), the DiMaggio stand-in, and for Don Murray, if only because he played the lead opposite Marilyn Monroe's own in one of her best films, 'Bus Stop'.

Ms. Stevens was made for light material, like Cricket Blake in 'Hawaiian Eye', because she was breezy and chic, very much a part of the period of the early 60's. She was also convincing as Lucy in 'Parrish' with Troy Donahue and Claudette Colbert. But since she has no real dramatic technique, she doesn't even vaguely suggest Marilyn, and neither does the film: that's why the thoroughly mediocre script hits you over the heads with !THE SENATOR! and makes sure you know Buck is a football player(!!!), obviously not too big a stretch from baseball...

I had to watch it while working on a survey of Smith's work, which has always got something remarkably original in it(he's unusually quiet here, though), otherwise I would never have been able to get through this one. He's got another one with Stevens called 'Scorchy' (1976)which I rather dread but can't avoid--who knows? maybe it will work at least some better than this garish mess.

Anyone would be better off to take a look at 'The Goddess'with Kim Stanley,which was already in 1958, in Paddy Chayefsky's script, capable of capturing the essence of Monroe when she was still alive--she hadn't even made 'Some Like It Hot' yet, much less 'The Misfits' and the Kennedys.


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