The launching pad for Billy Wilder's comedy classic was a rusty old German farce, Fanfares of Love , whose two main characters were male musicians so desperate to get a job that they disguise themselves as women and play with an all-girl band in gangster-dominated 1929 Chicago. In this version, musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) lose their jobs when a speakeasy owned by mob boss Spats Columbo (George Raft) is raided by prohibition agent Mulligan (Pat O'Brien). Several weeks later, on February 14th, Joe and ...
The launching pad for Billy Wilder's comedy classic was a rusty old German farce, Fanfares of Love , whose two main characters were male musicians so desperate to get a job that they disguise themselves as women and play with an all-girl band in gangster-dominated 1929 Chicago. In this version, musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) lose their jobs when a speakeasy owned by mob boss Spats Columbo (George Raft) is raided by prohibition agent Mulligan (Pat O'Brien). Several weeks later, on February 14th, Joe and Jerry get a job perfroming in Urbana and end up witnessing a gangland massacre in a parking garage. Fearing that they will be next on the mobsters' hit lists, Joe devises an ingenious plan for disguising their identities. Soon they are all dolled up and performing as Josephine and Daphne in Sweet Sue's all-girl orchestra. En route to Florida by train with Sweet Sue's band, the boys (girls?) make the acquaintance of Sue's lead singer Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe, in what may be her best performance). Joe and Jerry immediately fall in love, though of course their new feminine identities prevent them from acting on their desires. Still, they are determined to woo her, and they enact an elaborate series of gender-bending ruses complicated by the fact that flirtatious millionaire Osgood Fielding (Joe E. Brown) has fallen in love with "Daphne." The plot gets even thicker when Spats Columbo and his boys show up in Florida. Nominated for several Oscars, Some Like It Hot ended up the biggest moneymaking comedy up to 1959. Full of hilarious set pieces and movie in-jokes, it has not tarnished with time and in fact seems to get better with each passing year, as its cross-dressing humor keeps it only more and more up-to-date. Hal Erickson, Rovi
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THIS WAS AS GOOD AS, THE FIRST TIME I SAW IT!!! SO FUNNY AND, POIGNANT!!
Jan 20, 2009
One of the better comedies
Billy WIlder did a fantastic job of directing and creating a very funny and fast moving comedy from the story by Robert Thoeren and Michael Logan, and the screenplay by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond
His actors are all superb. Notably Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Marylin Monroe and Joe E. Brown.
It kept me entertained and laughing all the way through.
Sep 9, 2008
Some like it hot
Not just another Monroe serenading film, this film involves the history of America during the depression period where 2 musicians, Jerry (Jack Lemmon) and Joe (Tony Curtis), was found witness of the Saint Valetine's Day Massacre. To hide from the Mobs, Jerry and Joe decided to join an all-female band that is heading towards Florida, thus, Jerry changed his pseudonym to Daphne while Joe changes his pseudonym to Josephine. In the jorney towards Florida, Jerry and Joe are in love with Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe), the troop's ukulele player and vocalist. After learning that Sugar turns on for men who are rich and wore spectables, Joe immediately stole the manager's baggage. Towards wooing Sugar, Joe put on the manager's clothing and wore his spectacles, he lied to Sugar that his name is Junior and he is single. While Sugar got her luck on love, Jerry, also known as Daphne was being wooed by an old millionaire who has several failed marriages, Mr Osgood. Mr Osgood send an invitations to Daphne to spend a night in his yatch, however, it was being turned down by Joe because he wanted to use Osgood's yatch to charm Sugar. After dinner, Osgood and Daphne spend the night dancing tango while Joe and Sugar was in Osgood's yatch making out. The next morning, Joe was told that Daphne (Jerry) was engaged to Mr Osgood - he was astounded because he knew that the both of them are male, thus, Jerry wants to contact Mr Osgood to cancel the wedding, but as they reach the lobby for the phone, the Mobs arrive and after some humorous chase, Daphne, Joe and Sugar races for Mr Osgood's Yatch. As the show was about to end, Daphne (Jerry) confesses to Mr Osgood that he is a man, and Mr Osgood says, "Well, nobody's perfect." Personally, I think this is a very humorous film, even watching twice or thrice, you won't get sick of it!