Trivia / The Misfits

The band

  • The Pete Best: Jimmy Battle and Diane DiPiazza, who were in the band only one month. They are the only members who didn't perform on any release at all, that is, if you exclude final drummer from Danzig's era, Brian Damage, who got drunk on his only gig with the band and after a few songs had to be escorted (Todd Swalla filled in for him for the rest of the show).
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In 2004, Danzig tried to arrange for a Misfits reunion with Jerry Only and Doyle. Doyle was on board but Jerry Only was against it as he preferred covering '50s pop songs instead. Instead, Doyle occasionally joins Danzig onstage for Misfits mini-sets, which finally came to a show with the 90s Misfits line-up (minus Jerry Only) opening for Danzig, who performed classic songs in the middle of his set. Only's response to this proposal has not made him popular with the fans.
    • Davey Havok of AFI was proposed by Jerry Only as the new vocalist of the band after Michael Graves left; however, Havok was busy working on Sing The Sorrow and had found his own band in AFI, and turned down the proposal.
    • The Danzig/Only/Doyle reunion finally happened on September 4th, 2016 at Riot Fest Denver, with a second show set for September 16th.

The film

  • All There in the Manual: Guido's last name is actually Racanelli.
  • The Cast Showoff: Eli Wallach and Marilyn Monroe show off their terrific dancing skills in one scene.
  • Creator Backlash: Marilyn Monroe later said she hated the film, her performance and her character.
  • Creator Breakdown: Marilyn Monroe's marriage to Arthur Miller disintegrated during production. Both she and Montgomery Clift were battling substance abuse issues.
  • Dawson Casting: Although Clark Gable was 59, his character was supposed to be in his forties.
  • Older Than He Looks: Eli Wallach was 45 and looking fantastic.
  • Playing Against Type: Marilyn Monroe playing an Only Sane Woman instead of a Brainless Beauty.
  • Playing with Character Type: Clark Gable pours on the charm as Gay, taking advantage of his tendency to play romantic leads, before showing him as trigger-happy, slightly perverted and desperate for something to control.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Eli Wallach, a notable teetotaller, once discussed in an interview how he was in a scene where Guido is drunkenly watching Roslyn dancing with Gay. John Huston came up to Eli, and told him that the most drunk that Huston had ever been was when he tried to stay sober on a horseback. Eli realized that Huston was giving him acting advice.
  • Troubled Production: Very much.
    • Filming took place in Nevada in 100 degrees heat.
    • Marilyn Monroe's marriage to Arthur Miller fell apart. As a result, she sunk into a pit of depression and pill addiction and was often late to the set. As she was noticeably hollowed out by the experience, most of her close-ups following her release were shot in soft focus.
    • Montgomery Clift was also going through drug problems. Onset doctors were required for him and Monroe. She said of Clift, "It's good to meet someone who's in worse shape than I am".
    • The only cast members who didn't seem to have any health problems during the making were Eli Wallach and Thelma Ritter. The former did receive a verbal jab from the cinematographer about him not having a career.
    • John Huston was often late to the set after spending all night gambling, occasionally falling asleep onset.
    • Miller often rewrote the script.
    • Production was shut down in when the film exceeded its budget. It took two weeks of meetings with United Artists executives in Los Angeles and New York to get things back on track. Part of the problem was that Huston had exceeded his gambling allowance, so to cover his tracks, he convinced Monroe's doctors to have her hospitalized for her drug problems, even though the production had contributed to them. At least the film's insurance company paid for her treatment
    • When shooting wrapped, Clark Gable quipped, "Christ, I'm glad this picture's finished. She damn near gave me a heart attack." The next day, he suffered a severe coronary thrombosis. He died in hospital from a heart attack just ten days later. A devastated Monroe blamed herself for his death, though a combination of drinking smoking and doing dangerous stunts contributed to it.
  • Wag the Director: Marilyn Monroe reputedly nagged Arthur Miller to cut scenes featuring Eli Wallach's character, for fear that he would upstage her own performance.
  • What Could Have Been: John Huston originally wanted Robert Mitchum to play Gay Langland but Mitchum didn't like the script and turned it down. Huston and Arthur Miller rewrote the script, but by the time Mitchum got to see the rewrite he had committed to another film. The role was instead offered to Clark Gable, who took it.
  • Written-In Infirmity: While working a rodeo in Pocatello, Idaho, Montgomery Clift was bruised on the bridge of his nose. It was exactly the type of injury his character was supposed to have in the film.
  • Younger Than He Looks: Clark Gable was just 59 when he did the film and he looked awful.