Mysteries in the Archives: 1954 Marilyn Monroe in Korea

Mysteries in the Archives: 1954 Marilyn Monroe in Korea

| 26 min

Two weeks after their wedding in San Francisco, Marilyn Monroe and baseball icon Joe DiMaggio set off for Japan. On their honeymoon? Pre-season training for Japanese baseball teams begins in January. DiMaggio’s arrival in Tokyo with his new bride impassions both baseball and movie fans.

After two weeks, Marilyn leaves for Korea to sing for 100,000 GIs still stationed along the border between the communist North and capitalist South. During her four-day singing tour, moving from camp to camp by helicopter, she’s filmed by military cameramen. Did she really interrupt her honeymoon? Why sing “Do it Again” and “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” in the Army and Marine camps? And what does the footage shot during the tour reveal about Hollywood’s latest mega-star?

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Credits
  • idea
    Serge Viallet
    Cédric Lépée
  • series director
    Serge Viallet
  • director
    Serge Viallet
  • editor
    Vanessa Bozza
    Alexandre Auque
  • graphic design
    Stéphanie Mée
  • historical research
    Cedric Gruat
  • musical illustration
    Niels Poux
  • image masking
    Alexandre Auque
  • dressing conception
    Alexandre Auque
  • credit sequence design
    Philippe Truffault
  • credit sequence production
    Philippe Truffault
  • credit sequence editor
    François Labat
  • colour correction
    Rémi Berge
  • translator
    Dana Burns Westberg
  • narrator
    Dana Burns Westberg
  • documentary research
    Serge Viallet
    Michael Dolan
    Marie Bessi
  • sound design
    Laurent Thomas
    Jean-François Gasnier
  • mix
    Laurent Thomas
    Jean-François Gasnier
  • post-production manager
    Rita Lourdemarianadin
  • post-production technician
    Daniel Ricard
  • broadcast mastering
    Vincent Legrain
  • image restoration
    Emmanuel Laroche
  • video transfer
    Eric Queille
    Marc Grandhomme
  • production manager
    Thierry Ippolito
  • production assistant
    Vincent Encontre
    Armelle Jayet
  • administrator
    Françoise Tsitsichvili
    Yasmine Boucherat
  • commissioning editor
    Elisabeth Hulten
  • producer
    Florence Fanelli