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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 »
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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:
The funniest movie ever made? 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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Marilyn Monroe recorded a vocal version for the theme to the film. It was to be played over the opening credits, but an instrumental overture took its place in the final version. The title track later appeared on an LP in the mid-'70s, with Marilyn's three other songs from the film.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: During the opening chase, the police zip by a Chevron gas station. Chevron was known as Standard Oil in 1929.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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Soundtrack:
La CumparsitaSee more »

FAQ

Why does Junior tell Sugar that he is impotent?
Any recommendations for other comedies in which the main character(s) appear in drag throughout most of the movie?
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130 out of 185 people found the following review useful.
The funniest movie ever made?, 9 July 1999
Author: Mike Salvati (mikesalvati@yahoo.com) from New Jersey, USA

One of the all time great screen comedies, Some Like It Hot stars Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon at their best. Billy Wilder, one of the all time great directors, co-wrote and directed this fantastic movie.

Set in 1929, Lemmon and Curtis are out of work musicians who witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Fleeing for their lives, they disguise themselves as female musicians in order to get to Florida and away from the mob. This is where the fun begins.

Renamed "Daphne" and "Josephine" they try their best to keep their secret. But when "Josephine"(Curtis) meets sexy ukulele player Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe) you know he's going to blow his cover somehow. While Curtis tries to woo Monroe by pretending to be her dream man as she has told him, Lemmon is courted by Osgood Fielding (Joe E. Brown). Curtis adapts a Cary Grant accent and pretends to be frigid in the movie's funniest scenes. Lemmon seems to forget he's a boy and has so much fun with Fielding and adores the things he buys him. Between the cases of mistaken and pretend identities, the mobsters come to Florida for their Opera Lovers Meeting. It all winds up with a hilarious ending.

This movie is a gem from start to finish. Curtis, Monroe, and Brown are great in their parts. Monroe brings a funny and sexy vulnerability to Sugar and Curtis is great with his performance as "Josephine" and the stuffy millionaire who talks just like Cary Grant. Lemmon really steals the movie here. He invests Daphne with such enthusiasm that we can understand why he's falling for Osgood. He's having way too much fun and it's great to watch him. This is a true classic from start to finish. It's recommended for anyone who likes to laugh.

Grade:A+

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