After being considered lost for more than half a century, a nude scene from Marilyn Monroe’s final film has been found. Charles Casillo learned that the footage has been saved while researching his forthcoming book “Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public Icon” and that the son of Frank Taylor, producer of “The Misfits,” has kept it in a locked cabinet since his father died in 1999.
Director John Huston — who won two Academy Awards and was nominated for eight more — is said to have considered the scene gratuitous and thus chosen not to include it in the final film, which co-stars Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift and was written by Monroe’s then-husband, Arthur Miller. “A lot of times, unused takes were destroyed. But Frank Taylor believed that it was so important and so ground-breaking that he saved it,” said Taylor’s son Curtice, per the Daily Mail.
“If you read [The Misfits] script…it doesn’t say anything about nudity…When she did the scene, everyone was shocked on the set,” he added. “Huston sighed and said, “Honey, I’ve seen them before.’ Gable and others…wanted [it] to be left in. Huston didn’t…because he felt it…was totally unnecessary to the scene.”
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Had it made the final cut, the scene would have marked the first time an American actress appeared nude in a sound production from a major Hollywood studio. Monroe died of a barbiturate overdose at on August 5, 1962; she was 36.