[Don Murray] and Monroe were playing the scene in which he breaks into her bedroom while she is asleep. It is 9:00 A.M. and time for all human beings to get up. Murray’s line was, “Wake up, Cherie, it’s nine o’clock, no wonder you’re so pale and white.”
Monroe insisted on playing the bedroom scene naked. Since her success in Niagara, she had always played bedroom scenes, or rather scenes in which she is under the covers in a bedroom, au naturel. She came on the set in a terry-cloth robe. She got under the sheet. She raised it like a tepee. Then one hand appeared, flinging out the robe. Entirely nude, she stretched out under the sheet, her face and shoulders showing.
Murray, understandably confused, read the line as “Wake up, Cherie, it’s nine o’clock, no wonder you’re so pale and scaly.”
Logan shouted, “Cut.”
Monroe smiled. “Don,” she said, “you made a Freudian slip. You said scaly instead of white. That’s very good. That means you’re getting the emotion of the character subconsciously.”
“How do you figure that?” Don asked.
“Well, you know how you’re supposed to feel sexy about me? Well, scaly is like a snake, and a snake is a phallic symbol. See? You know what a phallic symbol is, Don?”
“Know what it is?” replied the insulted Murray. “I got one!”