IT SHOUTS AND SINGS WITH LIFE… EXPLODES WITH LOVE!
After getting divorced in Reno, Roslyn Taber (Marilyn Monroe) and a local friend (Thelma Ritter) hook up with an aging cowboy (Clark Gable) and his buddy (Eli Wallach); they all head out to the countryside. Known as both Monroe and Gable’s last movie, this film has striking cinematography and a script by Monroe’s husband Arthur Miller (written as the couple was preparing to divorce) that follows a group of misfits with shattered personal lives trying to get by in the Nevada desert. The issue of freedom is predictably but powerfully symbolized by the wild mustangs Gable tries to round up. Uneven, but still appealingly sad and fascinating.
1961-U.S. 124 min. B/W. Directed by John Huston. Screenplay: Arthur Miller. Cinematography: Russell Metty. Cast: Clark Gable (Gay Langland), Marilyn Monroe (Roslyn Taber), Montgomery Clift (Perce Howland), Thelma Ritter, Eli Wallach, James Barton… Kevin McCarthy.
Trivia: Robert Mitchum was allegedly considered for Gable’s part.
Quote: “Honey, we all got to go sometime, reason or no reason. Dyin’s as natural as livin’. The man who’s too afraid to die is too afraid to live.” (Gable to Monroe)