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The legacy of Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable is such that they could have started a new movie industry, between themselves, if they had to. Monroe’s sex appeal, and Gable’s charismatic acting, is the stuff that legends are made of; and what better cinematic experience but to watch them act together, in the John Huston directed The Misfits!
The swan song of Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable, The Misfits haunts the viewer as a delectable multi-faceted take not only on the lives of the main cast and the wild mustangs the men desire to hunt and quarrel over, but also on the demise of the ‘American Dream’.
The main cast throughout the movie appears to sport a flawed mental outlook; intent on loving-yet-torturing-each-
A beautiful and sexy divorcee, Roslyn Tabor [Monroe] storms into the life of the graceful yet aging cowboy Gay Langland [Gable] and turns his notion of an independent, untrammeled lifestyle topsy-turvy. But like a fly, that intent on free wanderings but gets caught in the spider’s web, the cast in The Misfits gets trapped in their own love-lust-ego induced mental frame while their actions and moods swing between happiness and sadness.
Along with her friend Isabelle Steers [Thelma Ritter] Roslyn is invited by Guido [Eli Wallach] and Gay to the former’s country house. The house is unfinished because before it could be given final shape Guido’s wife had died during childbirth.
Roslyn’s superb acting too rises above the dumb-blonde-tag, especially in scenes when her hysterics rise above the banal as the men talk of capturing and selling the free roaming horses for dog food or when she witnesses Perce Howland [Montgomery Cliff], a friend of Gay participating in rodeo sport.
The chemistry between Gay and Roslyn comes vividly alive when after putting an injured Perce to bed, there follows an unusual proposal of marriage – whether Roslyn would like to have children from Gay?
The Misfits may not be their best individual performances, but together they do light the screen on fire. Their brilliant chemistry, aided by Arthur Miller’s screenplay and the co-stars’ decent enough acting, makes this movie not to be missed.