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Some Like It Hot -- This hysterical comedy from director Billy Wilder finds Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon on the lam after witnessing a mob hit.  They join an all-girl jazz band and masquerade as women in order to elude the Chicago mobsters, and befriending a beautiful singer (Marilyn Monroe) and a wealthy business magnate.
Some Like It Hot -- Trailer for the classic comedy Some Like It Hot, starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Marilyn Monroe
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Director:
Writers:
Billy Wilder (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
14 April 1959 (Japan) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The movie too HOT for words! See more »
Plot:
When two 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 »
User Reviews:
What's Not To Like? See more (349 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marilyn Monroe ... Sugar Kane Kowalczyk

Tony Curtis ... Joe

Jack Lemmon ... Jerry

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 | 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:
Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, who had to kick off their shoes and soak their painful feet the second Billy Wilder said "Cut," were usually forced to stand around in painful high heels for long periods while Marilyn Monroe flubbed her lines.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Spats's men are searched for weapons at the Hotel, the man doing the pat-down can be seen placing the gun behind the gangster's leg, just before it is supposed to drop out of his pants leg.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:
Referenced in The Young Like It Hot (1983)See more »
Soundtrack:
Park Avenue Fantasy (Stairway to the Stars)See more »

FAQ

How does the movie end?
What does the title mean? What do some like "hot"?
Were the voices of the female Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis dubbed?
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108 out of 140 people found the following review useful.
What's Not To Like?, 15 November 2005
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Some people still say this is the greatest comedy ever made in Hollywood. Who am I to argue? Even after 45 years, it's still very funny and not the least bit dated. It is one of the true classics in the history of film.

I know one thing: Marilyn Monroe never looked hotter!

The film is a wonderful combination of comedy, action, suspense and romance with great old-time gangster scenes played out first in Chicago and then in Miami Beach. George Raft and Nehimiah Persoff are just great as gangsters.

The stars, though, are Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis but you can also enjoy performances from famous known actors like Pat O'Brien and Joe E. Brown.

The action scenes are in the beginning and end. In the middle, the bulk of the film, is the main story featuring comedy and romance. Lemmon has the best lines in the film and his facial expressions alone evoke lots of laughter.

This film is so famous that there is no need going into detail, but for some younger person reading this, don't worry about this being an old-fashioned, boring black-and-white film your parents or grandparents liked but you would find boring. You'll have fun watching this, too, I guarantee it.

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