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Ah, Wilderness: 1953

Ah, Wilderness: 1953

Marilyn Monroe in 1953 at the Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta, among those other majestic peaks known as the Canadian Rockies. She sprained her ankle filming River of No Return. Photo by John Vachon for Look magazine. View full size.

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The Cast

The cast explains the tan line in this photo.

Where's the pool?

I took this at the Banff Springs Hotel on vacation a couple of summers ago. Can't remember where the pool was, but this looks like very close to where the pic of Marilyn was taken.


What mountains?

Marilyn Monroe looked good

no matter what she wore.

Here's an idea

How about a "View life size" button?

Re: Not Mt. Rundle

I'll be darned. Thank you for the clarification, Ice gang. All these years, I thought that that was Mt. Rundle. So did my parents. We're not from the Banff area, but we did the drive from the prairies a few times. I attach a photo of Cascade Mtn. (top) and the real Mt. Rundle (bottom). It's that bite mark that led to my error.

Not Mt. Rundle

davidk: you are looking at Cascade Mountain, Mount Rundle is to the right, the round Mountain to the right is Tunnel Mountain, Mt Rundle is to the right of it. Many thanks to google maps.

Aww Poor Marilyn

Let daddy kiss and make it better. Yowza.

Ah, Marilyn

Thank you, Dave for this and future photos of Marilyn. She was the icon of my childhood (I was born in '47).

Strangest thing

I sprained my neck watching "River of No Return."

"Joltin Joe"

Joe Dimaggio was retired from baseball and stayed with Marilyn at this hotel during the filming in this location.

Majestic peaks

I find the wit on Shorpy just as priceless as the photos.

Rollei perspective

Great shot of MM probably made with a twin-lens Rolleiflex which resulted in the low perspective and a square negative. Photographer then had the option to crop for a vertical or horizontal 8 X 10 print.

Mount Rundle

In the background, with the distinctive bite taken out of the top.


Even with a sprained ankle, forever a 'knockout'.

Majestic peaks

I got it! I got it! and note a sprained ankle and one high heeled shoe, not a great combination.

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