Unpublished Vintage Photos Show A Different Side To History

By Sophia Maddox | June 23, 2023

Marilyn Monroe being interviewed while promoting the film “Love Happy” in 1949.

Pop culture fans rejoice! This collection of groovy-era photos you’ve never seen before will not only make you miss the old days of skateboards, boomboxes, and Happy Days re-runs, but will give you some behind-the-scenes tidbits and facts you never knew about your favorite movie and television stars, the biggest films, the coolest trends, and the hottest singers. You might learn a few things you never knew before about the sixties, seventies, and eighties. 

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Marilyn Monroe was a relative unknown when she appeared in a walk-on role in the 1949 musical comedy Love Happy. The film, which was directed by David Miller, was written by Mac Benoff and Frank Tashlin with inspiration from a Harpo Marx story. Love Happy starred Harpo Marx, Groucho Marx, and Chico Marx. In general, it ranks in last place among Marx Brother films. Later in his career, Groucho Marx acknowledged that it was a terrible film, but he said that the most memorable thing about it was Marilyn Monroe.

Dawn Wells and guest-star Kurt Russell in a scene from "Gilligan's Island" in 1964.

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This young boy, who was a Disney star in his youth, made a memorable guest appearance on TV’s Gilligan’s Island. He is Kurt Russell, the actor you know from the movies he made as an adult, including Silkwood, Escape from L.A., The Thing, and Big Trouble in Little China. But long before those appearances, he was a 12-year-old actor who was cast as the ‘jungle boy’ on Gilligan’s Island. In the episode, Gilligan discovers a wild child living on the island. The jungle boy cannot communicate, but he can repeat words that are spoken to him. That becomes problematic when he manages to leave the island without Gilligan and the other castaways. He cannot tell the outside world about the survivors of the SS Minnow