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DVD: Love Nest (1951)
 
       
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Label/Studio:
20th Century Fox 
 
Catalog #:
2221381
 
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Region:
1 (NTSC)
Released:

April 20, 2004

 

 

 
Genre: Comedy  
Synopsis:
After returning from the war front, a G.I. and his wife renovate an old rooming house in the city, and encounter a wild assortment of borders.  

 

 

Directed by:

Joseph Newman
Screenplay by: I.A.L. Diamond
Music by: Cyril Mockridge
Produced by: Jules Buck
Cast:

June Haver,  William Lundigan,  Frank Fay,  Marilyn Monroe,  Jack Paar,  Leatrice Joy,  Henry Kulky,  Marie Blake,  Maude Wallace,  Joe Ploski,  Martha Wentworth,  Faire Binney

Film Length: 84 mins
Process/Ratio: 1.33 :1
Black & White
Anamorphic DVD: No
Languages:   English (Mono),  English (Pseudo-Stereo)
Subtitles:   English,  Spanish
 
Special Features :  

Audio Commentary by Director Joseph Newman and Author Jack Allen / Theatrical trailer for "Let's Make It Legal" plus “All About Eve,” “As Young As You Feel,” “Bus Stop,” “Don't Bother To Knock,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “How To Marry A Millionaire,” Let's Make Love” “Love Nest,” “Monkey Business,” “Niagara,” “River Of No Return,” “The Seven Year Itch,” “There's No Business Like Show Business,” and “We're Not Married”

 
 
Comments :

As with "Let's Make It Legal," Monroe's association with this B+ film has salvaged another delightful I.A.L. Diamond script from obscurity (here based on Scott Corbett's novel), with Monroe in a more prominent role that presages her 'babe upstairs' in Billy Wilder's "Some Like It Hot."

Like fellow film newbie Jack Paar, who had a brief fling with movies at the time before moving into radio and television, Monroe's scenes are brief, though she's really part of a largely ensemble cast comprised of older and youngish studio talent. Her brief involvement proves a bit of a problem for co-commentator Jack Allen, author/editor of the 2002 photo book, "Marilyn By Moonlight." A fan club-approved coffee table work which assembled various interviews and Monroe comments, Allen's involvement here includes some appropriately concise bio sketches and career observations that function well during the film's mid-point, but become rather repetitive amid increasing gaps when it's clear Allen's thoughts are Monroe-centric.

A separately recorded interview with director Joseph Newman (at the age of 94) ignites the disc's commentary, but he largely disappears until the final ten minutes with a series of afterthoughts on the 20th Century Fox studio lot, directing episodes of TV's "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," and "The Twilight Zone." There's also a brief mention of his best-known work, "This Island Earth," but what the overall track really needs is a third voice who can provide material on some of the major cast members, like smooth-talking Frank Fay, and veteran Leatrice Joy (recently rediscovered in the 1921 Long Chaney thriller, "The Ace Of Hearts").

Director Newman provides some nice glimpses into the early years as an assistant director, working for stage-trained directors like George Cukor, but a broader scope with judicious editing would have enlivened and boosted the information content on the disc's commentary track.

This final wave of Fox' Marilyn Monroe Diamond Collection includes "As Young as You Feel," "Let's Make It Legal," "Love Nest," and "Were Not Married."

 

© 2004 Mark R. Hasan

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