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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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Some Like It Hot -- Daphne's plan to seduce Sugar Cane is foiled when all the girls join the party.
Some Like It Hot -- Joe, disguised as Junior, leads Sugar into believing that he's a single millionaire with a yacht.
Some Like It Hot -- Osgood Fielding puts the moves on Daphne.

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Director:
Writers:
Billy Wilder (screenplay) and
I.A.L. Diamond (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
29 March 1959 (USA) 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 16 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A well timed comedy with a wonderful dialogue See more (333 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 ... Det. 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 ... Extra (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Al Breneman ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Ted Christy ... Small Role (uncredited)

Marian Collier ... Olga (uncredited)
Pat Comiskey ... Spats' Henchman (uncredited)
James Dime ... Gangster Convention Greeter (uncredited)
Joan Fields ... Band Member (uncredited)
Duke Fishman ... Gangster at Convention (uncredited)
Mary Foley ... Band Member (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Funeral Director / Speakeasy Waiter (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Gangster with Charlie (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Mobster at Banquet (uncredited)
Harold 'Tommy' Hart ... Official #2 (uncredited)
Ted Hook ... Official #1 (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Waiter (uncredited)
Tom Kennedy ... Bouncer (uncredited)
George Lake ... Small Role (uncredited)
John Logan ... Small Role (uncredited)
Tiger Joe Marsh ... Small Role (uncredited)
Jack Mather ... Small Role (uncredited)
Jack McClure ... Spats' Henchman (uncredited)
Penny McGuiggan ... Trumpet Player (uncredited)
Laurie Mitchell ... Small Role (uncredited)
Colleen O'Sullivan ... Band Member (uncredited)
Joe Palma ... Small Role (uncredited)
Helen Perry ... Rosella (uncredited)
Danny Richards Jr. ... Fresh Bellboy (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Old Man (uncredited)
Fred Sherman ... Drunk (uncredited)
Carl Sklover ... Small Role (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Small Role (uncredited)
Tito Vuolo ... Mozzarella (uncredited)
Sandra Warner ... Emily (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Small Role (uncredited)

Grace Lee Whitney ... Band Member (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 styles
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist
Alice Monte .... hair styles
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)
Don Stott .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bert Henrikson .... wardrobe
Orry-Kelly .... gowns: Miss Monroe's
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (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)
John Veitch .... location manager (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
120 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:X (original rating) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Denmark:A | Finland:S (1987) | Finland:K-16 (1959) | France:-12 (original rating) | France:U (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

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Trivia:
Was voted the 9th Greatest film of all time by Entertainment Weekly, and is ranked on this list high enough to be the greatest comedy of all time.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Osgood puts Daphne's shoe on, the luggage on the sidewalk behind him is in a straight line. When we cut back to Osgood, the luggage is no longer in a straight line, and other luggage is stacked on top of 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:
Referenced in Adored (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sweet Sue, Just YouSee more »

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35 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
A well timed comedy with a wonderful dialogue, 22 January 2001
Author: Svend Novrup (novrup@post4.tele.dk) from Kerteminde, Denmark

Some Like it Hot will have a Danish re-premiere on Marilyn Monroes 75th birthday June 1st 2001, and making the text for some advertising material in that connection I saw the movie again and liked it more than ever. Most comedies about men in womens' clothings have a vulgar humour. This is, of course, not the case for films like "Tootsie" and "Some Like it Hot" in which Billy Wilder using black and white instead of colours turns down the importance of the change of sex in many ways so that you can concentrate on the comedy which is extraordinarily well timed with a spiritual dialogue. The acting of Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Marilyn Monroe, not to mention Joe E Brown, Pat O'Brien and George Raft is out of this world, and of course it is possible to make a mafia war comical. Some scenes almost remind you of a Marx Brothers' movie. Like when a small berth in a train sleeping car in a few seconds is overcrowded with beautiful girls mixing Manhattan-drinks in their hot-water bottle while Jack Lemmon is desperately trying to remind himself that -- just then -- he is a girl, and Marilyn Monroe in seconds (with her back towards the camera!) produces perfect small, square ice-cubes out of a huge ice block. The music is enchanting like the Marilyn Monroe-songs which are all so well known.

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