Fox (Thurs., Dec. 13, 9 P.M. ET)


This provocative documentary explores the last film Marilyn Monroe worked on, an unfinished 1962 comedy titled Something's Got to Give, with Dean Martin and Cyd Charisse. She was fired from the production eight weeks into filming for what Twentieth Century Fox termed "spectacular absenteeism." Two months later she died.

This program is culled from six hours of unedited scenes that were discovered in 1982. The best segments include Marilyn's notorious nude swimming scene and a beautiful shot of her reacting wordlessly to her first glimpse of her children in five years. (The film, in which Monroe played a mother for the first time, was a remake of the 1940 comedy My Favorite Wife.)

People involved with the 1962 production discuss what an ordeal it was to get the hypochondriacal Monroe to the set each day. But the documentary ranges rather far afield for comments (Monroe's psychiatrist's daughter?!), and host Henry Schipper has an annoyingly adenoidal voice, sounding like Harold Ramis with a bad head cold.

Still, Marilyn possessed a luminescent beauty and a vulnerability the camera just lapped up. Every moment she's on the screen, this show is fascinating.