"Marilyn Monroe and Yves Montand [are] great...A stylish, sophisticated production makes a creaky Cinderella vehicle shine like new."
- VARIETY, 8/24/1960
LET'S MAKE LOVE was Marilyn Monroe's 27th picture and George Cukor's first film with the star who was then at the height of her career. In this film, his third musical, Cukor made skillful use of color and camera movement to illustrate one of his favorite themes: the magic of show business. Billionaire industrialist Jean-Marc Clement (Yves Montand) discovers that an off-Broadway show is satirizing him is in preproduction. Jean-Marc's feelings toward the show change when he meets one of its cast members, Amanda (Marilyn Monroe); wanting to get close to the attractive young woman and since the show has no one to play his character, he manages to persuade the unsuspecting producer that he is just right for the part. Hiring Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, and Milton Berle (playing themselves) to teach him the tricks of show business, Jean-Marc also learns a thing or two about falling in love from the luscious Amanda.
A frothy musical comedy that lends an entertaining spin to the classic Cinderella story; in this version, Wall Street billionaire Jean-Marc (Yves Montand) falls for struggling, off-Broadway showgirl Amanda (Marilyn Monroe) who studies geography at night school. When Jean-Marc hears that Amanda is rehearsing a revue in which he is being spoofed, he convinces the producers to allow him to portray himself so he can be near her. Jean-Marc then hires Bing Crosby, Milton Berle, and Gene Kelly (playing themselves) to teach him the tricks of the trade in an effort to impress his sweetheart, in this colorful delight from director George Cukor.
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Theatrical release: September 1960.
Initially, the film was to be called THE BILLIONAIRE.
This was Marilyn Monroe's second-to-last film.
Yves Montand and Monroe had an affair during shooting of the film.
Arthur Miller, Monroe's husband at the time, sent a letter to Cukor to thank him for his patience with Monroe and for how happy Cukor had made the actress on the set.
Academy Award Nominations: Best Scoring of a Musical Picture. Notable songs include from the film include: "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," "Let's Make Love," and "Specialization."
The Legion of Decency gave the film a "B" rating, citing suggestive costumes, dancing, and lyrics.