Something's Got to Give
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Something's Got to Give is one of the most notorious unfinished films in Hollywood history. The light bedroom comedy was a remake of My Favorite Wife (1940), a screwball comedy starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne and released by RKO Radio Pictures.
Filming on the remake started in 1962 by a then-floundering 20th Century Fox, which paired Marilyn Monroe with Dean Martin and Cyd Charisse. With a troubled star and belligerent director, George Cukor, causing delays on a daily basis, the film quickly descended into a costly debacle. The studio blamed Monroe: she was fired from the role, and though she was afterwards reinstated, her death on August 5, 1962 came before filming could resume. The production was cancelled and its footage shelved in the studio vaults, where it would remain unseen for many years.