Marilyn Monroe in Banff, Alberta, Canada for the filming of River of No Return in August, 1953. Photos by John Vachon.
After stepping down into the rocky river, to push off a raft tied to the shore, she fell and twisted her ankle. Many of the crew members, including dir. Otto Preminger, assumed she didn’t hurt her ankle at all, and only got the cast and crutches as a way to get back at Preminger for acting like a “bully.” The film’s producer, Stanley Rubin, said, “I believe she did sprain her ankle badly. She had to hobble around and they shot around her for a few days and also shot scenes where she didn’t have to move. I find it very hard to believe it was fake, she did fall!” Although many of the stunts were strenuous on her, she never once complained.