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Love Nest (1951)

June Haver , William Lundigan , Joseph M. Newman  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: June Haver, William Lundigan, Frank Fay, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Paar
  • Directors: Joseph M. Newman
  • Writers: I.A.L. Diamond, Scott Corbett
  • Producers: Jules Buck
  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001FR566
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,244 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Love Nest" on IMDb

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A post-war comedy about a serviceman (William Lundigan) who thinks he's returning home for a blissful reunion with his wife (June Haver). Instead he finds that she has bought a run-down apartment building, and along with it, a long list of expensive repairs and crazy tenants. Complicating matters, the husband wants his "old army buddy" to move into one of the apartments - but neglects to tell his wife that the "buddy" is a seductive ex-WAC plyed by none other than Marilyn Monroe! Then, a con-man who's wanted by the FBI moves into the building, ensuring that there isn't a moment of peace and quiet for anyone who lives there. When a series of hilarious domestic fights result over the unwelcome residents, there's absolutely no place like this home!

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn Monroe is your next door neighbor! October 11, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Story about a young married couple who become landlords to an apartment building full of interesting tennants - including Marilyn Monroe (as Roberta). Marilyn is beautiful, funny, and charming as the "sex symbol" of the house. This is a cute romantic comedy - a sweet, simple movie about love, money, and trust. Would you trust your husband living next door to sexy Marilyn Monroe??
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not enough of monroe May 17, 2006
as a younger viewer (not born until the 1970's) I am just discovering Monroes films. I like "7 year itch", "Niagra" and "dont bother to knock", but this film doesn't have enough Monroe. If they didnt put her on the cover and pretend it was a Monroe film Im sure alot less people would have purhchased it. She isnt even well casted for the role. She doesn't look like she would have been a WAC.

The film is okay, but its nothing worth owning. The plot is really stupid and the jokes aren't that great. All the actors did a great job, but there is only so much you can do with a silly premise like this...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A comical look at postwar housing April 14, 2014
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In this movie a G.I. comes home to find his wife has bought an apartment building with his pay. Hilarity ensues as he tries to deal with tenants, plumbing, and writer's block. A good movie, it also includes Marilyn Monroe in an early role as a WAC sergeant who served overseas with the G.I. This movie doesn't do her skills justice, but it is a smaller role.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is "Love Nest" lovely? Not exactally! September 1, 2012
"Love Nest" is a 1951 low-budget black-and-white comedy film that starred June Haver, William Lundigan, Frank Fay, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Paar, and Leatrice Joy. The movie was directed by Joseph Newman and released by 20th Century-Fox.

Does this movie have a good plot? Well, it has a minor one that gets somewhat dull after 10 or 15 minutes.

Does it have good quality? Yes, this B&W movie has an A- quality.

Does it have good stars? June Haver, who garners top billing and dominates the film, is a good looking lady who was a star of musicals in the 1940s. William Lundigan, who never really became anything big co-stars. Let's not forget Marilyn Monroe and Jack Paar who would soon become Hollywood's biggest sex goddess and TV star, respectively. Silent stars Frank Fay and Leatrice Joy also co-star.

****For the record, I must tell other buyers of this product that I strictly bought this movie because of Marilyn Monroe. I got into June Haver a good bit afterwards. And I must also say that Miss Monroe doesn't show much in this movie, she's maybe on screen for 7 or 8 minutes. And in the movie's opening credits she doesn't receive over-the-title billing, she get "With..." billing directly after the title. So if you like to see old fashioned romantic comedy-dramas this movie MIGHT be worth the buy? MIGHT!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ex Army Buddy finds a Love Nest... July 29, 2014
Marilyn Monroe in her 12th screen role appearance. Her popularity was definitely on the rise and in 1951, was her 3rd movie behind "Hometown Story" and "As Young as You Feel". Marilyn plays a supporting role as most of her movies have been since "Ladies of the Chorus". She plays an ex Army WAC and friend of the returning husband. She finds herself renting one of the apartments in the building her friend's wife had bought. The wife finds out and things get a little dicey, but hey, it's all in good fun. It's a cute movie and I can see why Marilyn's star was on the way up.

Special Features for this DVD include:

Commentary by Director Joseph Newman and Jack Allen
Theatrical Trailer
Marilyn Monroe Theater Trailers: (All About Eve, As Young As You Feel, Bus Stop, Don't Bother To Knock, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How To Marry A Millionaire, Let's Make Love, Let's Make It Legal, Monkey Business, Niagara, River of No Return, The Seven Year Itch, There's No Business Like Show Business, We're Not Married)
Diamond Collection Trailer

I got this DVD from the 2001 Diamond Collection
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute, funny movie, but change the cover! December 1, 2013
An enjoyable and fun movie. The DVD cover needs to be changed to reflect the movie. Marilyn Monroe had a small part, and although her acting was good, she was part of the supporting cast and not the main characters - Haver and Lundigen - the owners of the Love Nest that housed several eccentric tenants. No need to fool the buyers into thinking it's a Monroe film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn June 1, 2013
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Billed for Marilyn, but she is just a small part, and the performance that really shone was June Haver as the owner of the "Love Nest".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging urban postwar comedy; MM's role is small August 10, 2013
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In 1951 and 1952, between ALL ABOUT EVE and NIAGARA, Marilyn Monroe was in her build-up phase. The emerging Blonde Bombshell appeared in fourteen feature movies about evenly divided between comedy and drama, all black-and-white, and most for her home studio of Twentieth Century-Fox, a deft and prolific source of dialog comedies. LOVE NEST (1951) is an engaging ensemble comedy that will remind many viewers of a citified MONEY PIT, as a returning World War II vet (William Lundigan) and his wife (June Haver) contend with a ramshackle Gramercy Place apartment house constantly in need of attention and expensive repair. The husband tries fitfully to pursue a career as a freelance magazine writer, while the wife tries to decorate and refurbish their aging apartment. Their tenants are also a provocation, such as a dapper, aging romantic (Frank Fay) who has drawn a disconcerting and unexplained interest from the FBI. A slightly zany attorney friend (Jack Paar, before his meteoric radio and TV career at NBC later in the decade) is instantly attracted to "Bobbie" Stevens (Monroe), a strikingly beautiful ex-WAC who has returned to her prewar profession of modeling, and whose very presence triggers instant comic jealousy from Haver. MM, lovely and photogenic as ever, plays an intelligent, witty and sophisticated woman somewhat at odds with the "dumb blonde" stereotype that dogged much of her earlier career. From the studio that gave us EVE, A LETTER TO THREE WIVES and MONKEY BUSINESS, LOVE NEST is not tip-top comedy but a literate I.A.L. Diamond script and accomplished playing add zest. The surprise ending is particularly satisfying. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars marilyn monroe is in this one
marlyin monroe love her she is a good actress which many people dont realize thinking of her as only a sex symbol but she is good and has a verygood sense of comedy all her movies... Read more
Published 8 months ago by drusilla p.
4.0 out of 5 stars Diamond does magic with ordinary story
Any movie going through the hands of Diamond is worth viewing,and it's with good reason that billy wilder later partnered with him on so many films. Read more
Published on April 13, 2012 by Anthony Marinelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie.
This is a fun and cute movie. A young and relatively unknown Marilyn Monroe and also Jack Paar have roles in it. If you love old movies like I do, you'll enjoy this one.
Published on July 26, 2011 by Sandra Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Movie with Marilyn Monroe
Although I enjoy this movie, the honest truth of it all like one reviewer tried to impart, the deal of it is is that MM had a secondary role in this movie; This was one of her... Read more
Published on May 12, 2009 by thesavvybamalady
3.0 out of 5 stars Love Nest review
Fast service, enjoyable film with MM and Jack Paar , though dated film about post WWII accomadations in New York.
Published on January 30, 2009 by Frederick L. Marfell
4.0 out of 5 stars A fifty cent haircut for a dollar twenty five??
Love Nest is a good little comedy that probably would have been long forgotten if Marilyn Monroe fans did not buy it. Read more
Published on June 2, 2006 by Johny Bottom
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