Some Like It Hot is a 1959 comedy film by Billy Wilder. It stars Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Pat O'Brien , Joe E. Brown and Nehemiah Persoff . The movie was adapted by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond from the story by Robert Thoeren and Michael Logan . Logan had already written the story (but without the gangsters) for a German movie, Fanfaren der Liebe (directed by Kurt Hoffmann , 1951), so that Wilder's film is seen by some as a remake.
Some Like It Hot tells the story of two struggling musicians, Joe and Jerry (Curtis and Lemmon), who are on the run from the Mafia after witnessing the St. Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929. In order to hide themselves from the murderers, they disguise themselves as women (Josephine and Daphne), and join an all-girl band headed to Florida. Joe and Jerry fall for a ukulele player and band vocalist named Sugar (Monroe), and fight for affection while maintaining their disguises. In Florida, an aging millionaire Osgood (Joe E. Brown) falls for Daphne (Jerry), while Joe dresses up as a Cary Grant-imitating millionaire to woo Sugar.
On the set, Wilder grew exasperated by Monroe's inability to remember her lines. He had several of them written in inconspicuous spots on the set, so she could read them. It has been reported that Monroe was pregnant during the filming of this movie, but there is no record of her ever having children or a miscarriage. Tony Curtis was famously quoted as saying that kissing Marilyn Monroe during the love scene in this movie was like "kissing Hitler," but he later denied it.
Wilder paid tribute to three great gangster movies of the 1930s with subtle gags in the movie's script. The crimelord "Little Bonaparte" stems from Little Caesar, while Spats Columbo threatens to smash a grapefruit in the face of one of his henchmen (James Cagney's famous scene from The Public Enemy). He then grabs a coin from the air as it is being flipped by another gangster, a cliche that originated with Howard Hawks' Scarface.
In 1972, a musical play based on the movie, entitled Sugar, opened on Broadway, starring Elaine Joyce , Robert Morse, Tony Roberts and Cyril Ritchard, with book by Peter Stone, lyrics by Bob Merrill, and music by Jule Styne. In 2002, Tony Curtis performed in a stage production of the film, portraying the character originally played by Joe E. Brown.
The film won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White (Orry-Kelly ) and was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jack Lemmon), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Best Director and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.
The movie has been acclaimed worldwide as one of the greatest movie comedies ever made (ranking #1 on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest comedies as well as #14 on their list of the 100 best American films. The film has also been deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
"I'm a MAN!" - "Nobody's perfect."
Jerry (as Daphne): Now you've done it! Joe (as Josephine): Done what? Jerry (as Daphne): You tore off one of my chests!
Sugar: "Real diamonds! They must be worth their weight in gold!"
Joe: "The ship is in ship-shape shape!"
Sugar: "It's the story of my life. I always get the fuzzy end of the lollipop."
Sweet Sue: "You girls said you went to a conservatory?" Jerry (as Daphne): "Yes, the whole year." Sweet Sue: "You said it was two years." Joe: "They gave us a year off...for good behaviour."
Jerry (as Daphne): "You don't understand, Osgood! Aaah... I'm a man!" Osgood: "Well, nobody's perfect".
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