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Some Like It Hot (1959)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy  |  29 March 1959 (USA)
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When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.



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When two Chicago musicians, Joe and Jerry, witness the the St. Valentine's Day massacre, they want to get out of town and get away from the gangster responsible, Spats Colombo. They're desperate to get a gig out of town but the only job they know of is in an all-girl band heading to Florida. They show up at the train station as Josephine and Daphne, the replacement saxophone and bass players. They certainly enjoy being around the girls, especially Sugar Kane Kowalczyk who sings and plays the ukulele. Joe in particular sets out to woo her while Jerry/Daphne is wooed by a millionaire, Osgood Fielding III. Mayhem ensues as the two men try to keep their true identities hidden and Spats Colombo and his crew show up for a meeting with several other crime lords. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

29 March 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Not Tonight, Josephine!  »

Box Office


$2,883,848 (estimated)


$25,000,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Billy Wilder was not happy with Tony Curtis falsetto voice as "Josephine" and had it re-dubbed in a recording studio. See more »


When Junior and Sugar return to shore after their night on the Caledonia, they do not tie up the launch to the dock. When Osgood returns to the launch seconds later, he makes no effort to untie it from the dock before he speeds off on it. He should not know that the launch has not been tied up to the dock. If the launch truly had not been tied up to the dock, it would have long drifted out into the open water. See more »


[first lines]
Mulligan: All right, Charlie; that the joint?
Toothpick Charlie: Yes, sir.
Mulligan: Who runs it?
Toothpick Charlie: I already told you.
Mulligan: Refresh my memory.
Toothpick Charlie: Spats Columbo.
Mulligan: That's very refreshing; what's the password?
Toothpick Charlie: "I've come to Grandma's funeral." Here's your admission card.
[he gives Mulligan a mourning armband]
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I'm Thru with Love
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Matty Malneck and Fud Livingston
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Performed by Marilyn Monroe
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Stands the test of time
14 June 2000 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

I just saw this movie for the first time and I'm kicking myself for waiting so long!! It's a rare film that makes me laugh out loud, but I definitely made some noise watching this one! Jack Lemmon gave one of the most hysterical performances I've ever seen; add Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe, and one hell of a script and you have the classic comedy that all others must try to live up to. I'd give this move a 15 if they'd let me.

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