Jasper Resident Remembers Marilyn

Marilyn’s time at Jasper in the Canadian Rockies filming River Of No Return during the summer of 1953 is recalled by local resident Alden Bradley in The Jasper Fitzhugh.

“‘They were making a movie, The River of No Return with Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun and Robert Mitchum,’ he recalled.

‘They were staying at Becker’s Bungalows. One day we rode our bikes out there just to see if we could see them. We saw Rory and his wife. He said, “I don’t think you’re here to see me, are you?”‘

Calhoun pointed them in the direction of Monroe, who was walking along the highway.

‘We rode up to her, started talking to her,” Bradley said. ‘I don’t believe how short she was – I was only seven and she wasn’t much taller than me.’ [Actually, she was quite tall at 5 feet, 5½ inches!]

‘She was just pleasant to talk to. She asked if she could ride my bike. She rode it back to the Bungalows. I just ran alongside her.'”

Thanks to Fraser Penney