The Misfitsi depicts a Monroe in her final, giant juggernaut form. When she lays into her "dance partner", blasting "why didn't you teach her" this way and "we're all dying" that way... it's kinda like watching a chicken called Wallach being raped by a million-ton Nickel-Chromium asteroid. Whole thing's utterly worth seeing just for that.
The comedic relief is mostly provided by Clark Gable -- not his "character"ii ; his very person -- who has absolutely no business being thereiii (nor can anyone understand why he ends up with the girl, obviously the other one was about to fuck her right then and there, under that tree, what the fuck stopped him ; nor can anyone explain why the fuck is she in his bed after telling him she doesn't feel that way in the car ; nor etcetera). Then he goes braying for Gaylord, no kidding.
The dramatic relief is provided by Miller, through Clift. "And then, on their wedding night, he turns arround and he offers me wages... on my father's place..." Murder is "never justified" among people who don't own anythingiv, and there only. You realise this, do you ? Other than that, dyin's as natural as living, and the man afraid of death's just as afraid of living and so forth. What can you do ? "Don't let them grind you up like they grind women around here ?" Oh, but don't be ridiculous.
The film's really about Marylin ; not for the reasons you think, but for just about the exact opposite. They're... they're what you call chickenfeed horses. Everybody knows that.———
- 1961, by John Huston (& Arthur Miller), with Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift and Thelma Ritter (Birdie). [↩]
- The supercillious dweeb can't act anymore than a giraffe can act -- it can do a giraffe okay. Like a dead clock being right twice a day, Gable just "does himself", whatever that's supposed to be, a thick make-up pancakemask like old whores use. [↩]
- A point made ROTFLWTIME-evident by the scene at the beach, with Monroe jiggling her misty-luscious jugs (they do nothing else but come out of various outfits throughout the film), the dog trying to fuck her, and Gable in boots and jeans. They keep the sand out, amirite. [↩]
- "You belong to Gay ?" [↩]