montgomery clift, clark gable and eli wallach are cowboys scratching a living in reno marilyn monroe is the divorcee who hooks up with them. the title refers to the movie's characters, but john huston could not have found a trio of more appropriately misfitting actors for his film of arthur miller's screenplay. by 1960 clark gable was a relic from the past, his macho appeal all but gone, and marilyn monroe was at the end of her career. for both stars this was their last film gable died of a heart attack before the film was released, and monroe overdosed on drugs a year later. montgomery clift, meanwhile, was so addled by drink and drugs that he would be dead within five years. watching the movie with hindsight gives it a sad fascination.