“Honey, nothing can live unless something dies.”
Before I decided to do this Swansong Week, I’d never heard of The Misfits. I just decided Marilyn Monroe was legendary enough to be included and went to the last movie listed on her IMDB page. Then, as the opening credits began to roll, I discovered I was in for something big. The actors alone would make The Misfits more than worth your time. As well as Monroe, you also get Clark Gable (also giving his last movie performance), Eli Wallach and Montgomery Clift. Plus, behind the camera is director John Huston. Then, you have all of this immense talent working from an Arthur Miller screenplay. How could The Misfits be anything less than amazing?
The recently divorced Roslyn (Monroe) is going out to celebrate with her friend Isabelle (Thelma Ritter). With Roslyn’s car is undrivable after an accident, they get a lift to a divey Reno casino with mechanic Guido (Wallach). At the casino, they meet Guido’s friend Gay Langland (Gable), an aging cowboy who immediately sets his sights on Roslyn. Soon, they all end up at Guido’s house out in the desert where he’s let things go after the death of his wife. Gay convinces Roslyn to take a chance on him and stay in Guido’s house with him. She does, they begin to fall in love and play house. (more…)