2020s

Soundtracks of Cinema: ‘The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes’

The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe Soundtrack - Every Song in the Netflix Documentary

The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe soundtrack includes music by Marilyn Monroe, Anne Nikitin and Hal Kemp. This info article contains spoilers for Emma Cooper’s 2022 Netflix documentary. Check out Vague Visages’ Soundtracks of Cinema section for more music guides.

The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe examines the life of the eponymous Hollywood icon. Irish author Anthony Summers discusses his 1985 book Goddess and what he learned while investigating the subject’s 1962 death. Composer Anne Nikitin (The Dropout) scored the 101-minute Netflix documentary, which features three licensed tracks and several tunes from Hollywood movies. Here’s every song in The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe.

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The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe Soundtrack: Every Song in the 2022 Netflix Documentary

The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe Soundtrack - Every Song in the Netflix Documentary

  • Forty Second Street” by Hal Kemp & His Orchestra (00:07:00): The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe soundtrack song plays during a 1946 Hollywood sequence. “Forty Second Street” sets in after a “Hollywoodland” visual. Marilyn speaks about visiting movie theaters during her childhood. She names Jean Harlow as her favorite actress.
  • “Ladies of the Chorus” from Ladies of the Chorus by Marilyn Monroe (Uncredited; 00:11:00): Gloria Romanoff speaks with Anthony on the phone. She recalls Marilyn’s relationship with Joseph Schenck. Gloria says that the actress was beginning to make “a few strides” in 1948.
  • “Every Baby Needs a Da-Da-Daddy” from Ladies of the Chorus by Marilyn Monroe (Uncredited; 00:13:00): Anthony discusses Marilyn’s relationship with Johnny Hyde. The documentary subject performs during an archival clip. Anthony states that Johnny escorted Marilyn to “the top people in town.”
  • “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Marilyn Monroe & J. Styne & L. Robin (Uncredited; 00:17:00): The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe soundtrack song is performed during a movie clip. Actress Jane Russell recalls Marilyn’s night life habits after a long day of work. She correlates her co-star’s movie charisma with an “electric light.”
  • “Heat Wave” from There’s No Business Like Show Business by Marilyn Monroe (Uncredited; 00:18:00): Marilyn states that she wants to be “wonderful.” The music scores a montage sequence. A movie clip complements a recording of Marilyn talking about “perfect” acting moments.
  • “Bye Bye Baby” from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Marilyn Monroe (Uncredited; 00:30:00): Joe DiMaggio talks with a reporter about his marriage to Marilyn. The New York Yankees star says that he hasn’t been able to see his wife much during a promotional tour. Marilyn performs the song at Grenadier Palace in Korea.
  • “Runnin’ Wild” from Some Like It Hot by Marilyn Monroe (Uncredited; 00:45:00): Henry Rosenfeld says that Marilyn was pregnant while filming Some Like It Hot. The actress sings during a movie clip. Hairdresser Sydney Guilaroff recalls his friendship with Marilyn.
  • “Last Letter” by Don Julian/Extreme Music Library (00:54:00): Anthony discusses Marilyn’s trips to Peter Lawford’s “palatial” Malibu home. The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe soundtrack song continues as he talks about John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy visiting the actor’s estate. Dean Martin’s wife, Jeanne, says that there was nothing “discreet” about Lawford’s parties.

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The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe soundtrack also includes “The Interview” by Jocelyn Pook/Chester Music.

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.