Review: ‘Goodbye, Norma Jean’

This is the story of Norma Jean Baker, who finds her body irresistible to men and uses it to fulfill her ambitions of becoming a movie star, Marilyn Monroe.

This is the story of Norma Jean Baker, who finds her body irresistible to men and uses it to fulfill her ambitions of becoming a movie star, Marilyn Monroe.

Starting in 1941, earlier she is raped by a motor cycle officer in lieu of a speeding ticket, which seemingly leaves her disliking sex. She works in a munitions factory, and wins a beauty contest.

Soon it becomes an endless succession of influential film men. Eventually a retired and ailing movie mogul, Hal James (Preston Hanson), takes a presumably platonic interest in her and grooms her into the Marilyn Monroe image.

Thesping is mostly sound with Misty Rowe, in the title role, giving a fine and sensitive performance, catching the star’s own voice exactly.

Goodbye, Norma Jean

US - Australia

Production

Austamerican. Director Larry Buchanan; Producer Larry Buchanan; Screenplay Lynn Hubert, Larry Buchanan; Camera Bob Sherry; Music Joe Beck

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Misty Rowe Terrence Locke Patch Mackenzie Preston Hanson Marty Zagon Andre Philippe
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