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Release Date:
14 April 1959 (Japan) See more »
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Tagline:
The movie too HOT for words! See more »
Plot:
When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 13 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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In this brilliant comedy, Marilyn was breathtakingly beautiful... See more (356 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marilyn Monroe ... Sugar Kane Kowalczyk

Tony Curtis ... Joe / Josephine / Shell Oil Junior

Jack Lemmon ... Jerry / Daphne

George Raft ... Spats Colombo

Pat O'Brien ... Detective Mulligan

Joe E. Brown ... Osgood Fielding III

Nehemiah Persoff ... Little Bonaparte

Joan Shawlee ... Sweet Sue
Billy Gray ... Sig Poliakoff

George E. Stone ... Toothpick Charlie

Dave Barry ... Beinstock

Mike Mazurki ... Spats' Henchman

Harry Wilson ... Spats' Henchman
Beverly Wills ... Dolores
Barbara Drew ... Nellie
Edward G. Robinson Jr. ... Johnny Paradise
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sam Bagley ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Al Breneman ... Bellhop (uncredited)

Steve Carruthers ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
James J. Casino ... Gangster at Convention (uncredited)

Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Beulah Christian ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Ted Christy ... Small Role (uncredited)

Marian Collier ... Olga (uncredited)
Pat Comiskey ... Spats' Henchman (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ... Gangster at Convention (uncredited)

James Dime ... Gangster Convention Greeter (uncredited)
Alphonso DuBois ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Joan Fields ... Band Member (uncredited)

Duke Fishman ... Gangster at Convention (uncredited)
Mary Foley ... Band Member (uncredited)
George Ford ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Funeral Director / Speakeasy Waiter (voice) (uncredited)
Bobby Gilbert ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Gangster with Charlie (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Mobster at Banquet (uncredited)

Stuart Hall ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Harold 'Tommy' Hart ... Official #2 (uncredited)
Ted Hook ... Official #1 (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Waiter (uncredited)

Tom Kennedy ... Bouncer (uncredited)
George Lake ... Small Role (uncredited)

Carl M. Leviness ... Retirement Home Resident (uncredited)
King Lockwood ... Gangster at Convention (uncredited)
John Logan ... Small Role (uncredited)

Hank Mann ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Tiger Joe Marsh ... Small Role (uncredited)
Jack Mather ... Small Role (uncredited)
Tipp McClure ... Spats' Henchman (uncredited)
Penny McGuiggan ... Trumpet Player (uncredited)

Frank McLure ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Laurie Mitchell ... Small Role (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Colleen O'Sullivan ... Band Member (uncredited)
Joe Palma ... Small Role (uncredited)
Helen Perry ... Rosella (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Gangster at Convention (uncredited)
Danny Richards Jr. ... Fresh Bellboy (uncredited)
Edwin Rochelle ... Chef (uncredited)
John Roy ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Cosmo Sardo ... Waiter (uncredited)

Scott Seaton ... Old Man (uncredited)
Sammy Shack ... Commuter at Station (uncredited)
Fred Sherman ... Drunk (uncredited)

Carl Sklover ... Small Role (uncredited)

Bert Stevens ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Sid Troy ... Gangster at Convention (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Gangster at Massacre (uncredited)

Tito Vuolo ... Mozzarella (uncredited)
Sandra Warner ... Emily (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Small Role (uncredited)

Grace Lee Whitney ... Rosella (uncredited)

Directed by
Billy Wilder 
 
Writing credits
Billy Wilder (screenplay) and
I.A.L. Diamond (screenplay)

Robert Thoeren (suggested by a story by) (as R. Thoeren) and
Michael Logan (suggested by a story by) (as M. Logan)

Produced by
I.A.L. Diamond .... associate producer
Doane Harrison .... associate producer
Billy Wilder .... producer
 
Original Music by
Adolph Deutsch (background score)
 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang (director of photography) (as Charles Lang Jr.)
 
Film Editing by
Arthur P. Schmidt (film editor)
 
Casting by
Phil Benjamin (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Ted Haworth 
 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle 
 
Makeup Department
Agnes Flanagan .... hair stylist
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist
Alice Monte .... hair stylist
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist: Miss Monroe (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Allen K. Wood .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Nelson .... assistant director
Hal W. Polaire .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Tom Plews .... property
 
Sound Department
Fred Lau .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Milt Rice .... special effects
Daniel Hays .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Paul Baxley .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Polly Burson .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Gray .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bernie Abramson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Floyd McCarty .... still photographer (uncredited)
Phil Stern .... still photographer (uncredited)
Don Stott .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bert Henrikson .... wardrobe
Orry-Kelly .... gowns: Miss Monroe
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Location Management
John Veitch .... location manager (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Matty Malneck .... songs: supervised by
Eve Newman .... music editor
George 'Red' Callender .... musician: double bass (uncredited)
Gene Cipriano .... musician: tenor sax for Tony Curtis (uncredited)
Gene Cipriano .... musician: woodwinds (uncredited)
Jack Dumont .... musician (uncredited)
Al Hendrickson .... musician: ukulele for Marylyn Monroe (uncredited)
Al Hendrickson .... musician: ukulele (uncredited)
Barney Kessel .... musician: electric guitar (uncredited)
Matty Malneck .... conductor (uncredited)
Shelly Manne .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Dave Pell .... musician: tenor sax (uncredited)
Dave Pell .... saxophone coach for Tony Curtis (uncredited)
Art Pepper .... musician: alto sax (uncredited)
Society Syncopators .... vocalist (uncredited)
Leroy Vinnegar .... musician: double bass (uncredited)
Gerald Wiggins .... vocal coach for Marilyn Monroe (uncredited)
John Williams .... musician: piano (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John Franco .... script continuity
Jack Cole .... choreographer (uncredited)
Evelyn Moriarty .... stand-in: Marilyn Monroe (uncredited)
Alpha Steinman .... production secretary (uncredited)
Paula Strasberg .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
120 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:A (original rating) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Denmark:A | Finland:S (1987) | Finland:K-16 (1959) | France:12 (original rating) | France:Tous publics (re-rating) | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:I (2012) | Japan:G (2009) | Mexico:A | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1959) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Sweden:11 (re-release) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1989) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #19281) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #22 Greatest Movie of All Time.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The block of ice changes shape before and while Sugar chops at it.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
References The Palm Beach Story (1942)See more »
Soundtrack:
LiebesträumeSee more »

FAQ

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How does the movie end?
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36 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
In this brilliant comedy, Marilyn was breathtakingly beautiful..., 27 June 2007

Any camera loved Marilyn the best… In all her films, Marilyn dominated any photographer not just because of her ability with a script but ceaseless attention to the camera... More than anyone else on the set, she knew the importance of her sex appeal…The 'fifties belonged to Marilyn, and in that decade it almost seemed as if the world belonged to her also…

Sugar is one of Monroe's most loved and memorable character... She presents herself as a sensitive woman quick to feel compassion or affection, sensual and readily impressionable which is Sugar Kane... It was her greatest role and certainly her greatest film...

The film opens in 1929 Chicago during Prohibition, where Spats Colombo (George Raft) and his gang gun down seven men in a car garage… A couple of small-time Jazz musicians witness it and flee…

To avoid the mob, Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) disguise themselves as women and attach themselves to an all-girl band… Joe calls himself Josephine and Jerry calls himself Daphne…

The orchestra takes a train to play an engagement in Florida... On board, the two men have a hard time keeping cool with all the beautiful girls around, especially during a late-night pajama party in a Pullman sleeper… Needless to say, Joe falls in love with the sensual Sugar (Marilyn Monroe), a luscious ukulele player and singer with the troupe…

Once in Florida, Jerry meets a really wealthy bachelor Osgood Fielding (Joe E. Brown).

Of course, Jerry is still dressed as Daphne, and the seven time divorcée proceeds to pursue Daphne… Joe wants to romance Sugar but knows that he needs a wealthy front…

The boys think they are safe until the gangsters arrive at the same Miami hotel to attend a gangsters' convention…

Marilyn sang three songs in the film: "I'm Through with Love," "I Wanna Be Loved By You," and "Running Wild."

The movie's closing line is one of the most celebrated in movie history…The film won an Oscar for Best Costume Design and was nominated for six Academy Awards…

Irresistibly funny this black-and-white shot comedy is a definite must-see!

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