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Colorized from this Shorpy original. A picture taken during filming of the movie River of No Return. Marilyn really does make everything look good. This was colorized using Photoshop CS6. Each area was selected and defined as a layer, and then the color was specified with the hue/saturation tool. A transparent layer was put on top, and more color was added with the paintbrush tool. The whole process took less than 8 hours. View full size.