Political junkies be warned, the film has nothing to do with Gary Hart.
It stars Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers and Marilyn Monroe.
The 1952, black & white film revolves around Cary's scientist who is trying to discover the fountain of youth. He does (not really) and it's wonderful. Reality, the lab monkeys did the chemical mixing. He can't redo it. Ginger Rodgers play his wife and a scientist of her own.
It's a slight film that wants to be madcap but Ginger really can't do madcap until nearly the end of the film. Ginger's an aside person. She demonstrated that in "Stage Door."
Marilyn is probably why the film is remembered. She's attracted to Cary Grant (in the film). At one point, they both play hookie from work and get into an altercation.
That's when the film is at its most magical.
I wish I could tell you that Hawks had some great visuals but he doesn't. And the editing is often as blocky as what's in front of the camera. Hawks is the director of the film, Howard Hawks.
He's famous for films like "Bringing Up Baby" (Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn). "Only Angels Have Wings" and "His Girl Friday" are his other two famous films with Cary Grant. His other famous film with Marilyn Monroe is "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." He also directed Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart in "The Big Sleep" and "To Have and Have Not." Those are all great films.
It's a shame that "Monkey Business" isn't a great one too.
It plays out a lot like -- and looks like -- those Blondie and Dagwood serials of the 40s. It even has that overly lit and washed out look.
The scenes with Marilyn and Cary are first rate. The Ginger scenes are bad. Really bad. She's miscast.
In "We're Not Married," the other film that Ginger made with Marilyn, Ginger's being distant, detached and more is written into the character. And she's much more enjoyable. In this one, she's married to Cary Grant and you sit there wondering, "What does she have to complain about? They should have married her off to Jimmy Cagney, that would really give her something to whine about."
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