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The Misfits: Stunning Behind-The-Scenes Photos of Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable’s Final Movie

The Misfits is an excellent drama film about loneliness and the pain of losing. Written by Marilyn Monroe‘s then-husband, Arthur Miller, and produced by John Huston. Despite poor box office performance, this movie is so deep and people truly understood years later. This brilliant movie is about broken dreams and broken people, in a harsh world. This movie is a character study about people who are unable or stubbornly unwilling to adapt to the world. Each of the characters in this movie is wounded and lost in some way, in the process of living and searching.

The Misfits is often remembered for its post-release tragic and painful events. Shortly before the film’s premiere in 1961, Miller and Monroe divorced after their five years of marriage. Nineteen months later Monroe died of a drug overdose. Miller wrote the screenplay as a “valentine” to his soon-to-be ex-wife Marilyn Monroe. Montgomery Clift said during the filming that Monroe was “the only person I know who is in even worse shape than I am.” She was an alcoholic and dependent on prescript drugs during that time. She was also taking drugs to help her sleep and more drugs to help her wake up, which caused her to arrive on the set late and then have trouble remembering her lines. Monroe’s relationship hit difficulties during the shooting and Miller accepted later that the filming was one of the lowest points in his life. Miller later married photographer Inge Morath, who worked as a photographer documenting the production of The Misfits.

Here below are some stunning behind-the-scenes photos from the making of The Misfits.

#3 Clark GABLE and Eli Wallach in the car. The Misfits, 1961.

#5 Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller in their suite in Reno’s Mapes Hotel after a day’s shooting.

#6 Clapperboard is marked scene 1 take 2 on the first day of shooting. Director John Huston and author Arthur Miller watching in the background.

#10 John Huston and Arthur Miller wait and brood over the next scene.

#11 John Huston, Marilyn Monroe & Arthur Miller during the filming of “The Misfits”

#13 Henri Carter-Breeson with actor Eli WALLACH (right) during the production of “The Misfits.”

#14 Marilyn Monroe during the filming of “The Misfits”

#15 Marilyn Monroe in a casino during the production of “The Misfits”

#16 Marilyn Monroe and Elie Wallach on the set of “The Misfits”

#18 Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller during the filming of The Misfits.

#19 Clark Gable Eli Wallach and Montgomery Clift on location in the Nevada Desert during the filming of The Misfits.

#20 The cast and crew of John Huston’s ‘The Misfits’ line up for a publicity shoot.

#21 Marilyn Monroe with Eli Wallach on the set of ‘The Misfits’

#22 Marilyn Monroe with Eli Wallach on the set of ‘The Misfits’

#23 A man riding a horse while a camera is set up for a scene in ‘The Misfits’, filming on location in the Nevada Desert.

#24 Arthur Miller (seated) and producer Frank E Taylor (left) in Nevada for the filming of ‘The Misfits’

#25 Stunt doubles attempt to lasso a mustang from the back of a truck, during the filming of ‘The Misfits’

#26 Marilyn Monroe with her acting coach Paula Strasberg, the wife of ‘method’ teacher Lee Strasberg on the set of ‘The Misfits’.

#27 A man walking in front of a small aircraft on location in the Nevada Desert, during the filming of John Huston’s ‘The Misfits’.

#28 Clark Gable, Eli Wallach and Montgomery Clift roping a horse on location in the Nevada Desert during the filming of ‘The Misfits’.

#29 Cameramen taking footage of a galloping mustang from the back of a truck, during the filming of ‘The Misfits’ on location in the Nevada Desert.

#30 Montgomery Clift signs autographs for young fans during the filming of ‘The Misfits’

#31 Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe during the shooting of ‘The Misfits’.

#32 Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt resting in the sun during the filming of ‘The Misfits’ on location in the Nevada Desert.

#33 Marilyn Monroe is surrounded by attentive women on the set of John Huston’s ‘The Misfits’

#34 Director John Huston and Marilyn Monroe during the filming of ‘The Misfits’ on location in the Nevada Desert.

#35 Paula Strasberg, the wife of ‘method’ teacher Lee Strasberg relaxes during the filming of ‘The Misfits’

#36 A trainer with a whip shares his shade with a horse on the set of John Huston’s ‘The Misfits’

#37 A group of crew members resting in the shade on the set of John Huston’s ‘The Misfits’

#38 Marilyn Monroe walks away from her husband Arthur Miller on the set of ‘The Misfits’

#39 Clark Gable examines Montgomery Clift’s broken nose whilst Eli Wallach looks after Marilyn Monroe in a scene from ‘The Misfits’

#40 Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt during the filming of ‘The Misfits’

#41 Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe relaxing during the filming of ‘The Misfits’

#43 Marilyn Monroe with her husband, playwright Arthur Miller during the location shoot of ‘The Misfits’

#44 The cast and crew of John Huston’s ‘The Misfits’ line up for a publicity shoot.

#45 Marilyn Monroe with her acting coach Paula Strasberg, during the location shoot of ‘The Misfits’

#46 Marilyn Monroe cuddles up to a small dog, during the location shoot of ‘The Misfits’

#47 Eli Wallach and Marilyn Monroe during the location shoot of ‘The Misfits’ in the Nevada Desert

#48 Marilyn Monroe with her husband Arthur Miller, sitting on a meadow during a break in filming ‘The Misfits’

#49 Arthur Miller talks with Clark Gable on the set of The Misfits

#50 Marilyn Monroe sitting with her co-stars during the location filming of ‘The Misfits’ in Nevada.

#51 Marilyn Monroe hugging Eli Wallach on the set of the film ‘The Misfits’, 1961.

Written by Alicia Linn

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