Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe on the set of Monkey Business, 1952.
Pictured here are Hollywood icons Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe, hard at work on the set of Monkey Business back in 1952. Howard Hawks’ Monkey Business, (not to be confused with the 1931 Marx Brother’s film) is a screwball comedy. In it “A chemist finds his personal and professional life turned upside down when one of his chimpanzees finds the fountain of youth.”
In addition to Grant and Monroe, the film also stars Ginger Rogers and Charles Coburn. While the director (Hawks) didn’t seem to find the film believable or “as funny as it could have been”, the actors received generally favorable reviews. Director and writer Peter Bogdanovich noted the scenes with Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe work especially well. He even went on to gripe that Monroe should have been the leading lady over Ginger Rogers. Gregory Lamb of The Christian Science Monitor seemed pleased with Rogers in the lead, describing her as “a comedienne par excellence” in the film.