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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
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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:
Billy Wilder's screwball masterpiece with Curtis, Lemmon and the immortal Marilyn handed the best comedy roles of their careers. 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:
The resort scenes were filmed entirely at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, California. One reason why Billy Wilder chose this location was Marilyn Monroe's ongoing personal problems. He wanted a location where she could live on site and not have to be transported.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Little Bonaparte orders a hit at a hotel, in public, where both he and the intended targets are registered guests.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:
I'm Thru with LoveSee more »

FAQ

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181 out of 237 people found the following review useful.
Billy Wilder's screwball masterpiece with Curtis, Lemmon and the immortal Marilyn handed the best comedy roles of their careers., 18 April 2001

Admittedly biased, "Some Like It Hot" can certainly stand on its own merit with or without my thunderous round of applause. More than a decade ago, I had the privilege of performing both the Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon roles in "Sugar," the musical adaptation of "Some Like It Hot" which originally starred Tony Roberts, Robert Morse and Elaine Joyce on Broadway in the 70s. Though it hardly compares to the film's original (how could it???), the musical nevertheless is still a big hit with live audiences. I can't remember ever having a better time on stage than I did with "Sugar," and it's all due to the irrepressible talents that instigated it all.

In the 1959 classic, Curtis and Lemmon play two ragtag musicians scraping to make ends meet in Prohibition-era Chicago during the dead of winter who accidentally eyewitness a major gangland rubout (aka the St. Valentine's Day Massacre). Barely escaping with their lives (their instruments aren't quite as lucky), our panicky twosome is forced to take it on the lam. Scared out of their shoes (sorry), the boys don heels and dresses after they connect with an all-girl orchestra tour headed for sunny Florida. Killing two birds with one stone, they figure why not go south for the winter while dodging the mob? Once they hit the coast, they'll ditch both the band and their humiliating outfits.

Enter a major detour in the form of luscious Marilyn Monroe as Sugar Kane, given one of the sexiest (yet innocent) entrances ever afforded a star. Snugly fit in flashy 'Jazz Age' threads, a blast from the locomotive's engine taunts her incredible hour-glass figure as she rushes to catch her train to Florida. The boys, stopped dead in their high-heeled tracks by this gorgeous vision, decide maybe the gig might not be so bad after all. As the totally unreliable but engagingly free-spirited vocalist/ukelele player for the band, Sugar gets instantly chummy with the "girls" when they cover for her after getting caught with a flask of booze. As things progress, complications naturally set in - playboy Curtis falls for Monroe but has his "Josephine" guise to contend with, while Lemmon's "Daphne" has to deal with the persistently amorous attentions of a handsy older millionaire.

What results is an uproarious Marx Brothers-like farce with mistaken identities, burlesque-styled antics, and a madcap chase finale, all under the exact supervision of director Billy Wilder, who also co-wrote the script. Lemmon and Curtis pull off the silly shenanigans with customary flair and are such a great team, you almost wish THEY ended up together! Curtis does a dead-on Cary Grant imitation while posing as a Shell Oil millionaire to impress Marilyn; Lemmon induces campy hilarity in his scenes with lecherous Joe E. Brown (who also gets to deliver the film's blue-ribbon closing line). As for the immortal Monroe, she is at her zenith here as the bubbly, vacuous, zowie-looking flapper looking for love in all the wrong places. Despite her gold-digging instincts, Monroe's Sugar is cozy, vulnerable and altogether loveable, getting a lot of mileage too out of her solo singing spots, which include the kinetic "Running Wild," the torchy "I'm Through With Love," and her classic "boop-boop-a-doop" signature song, "I Wanna Be Loved by You."

The film is dotted with fun, atmospheric characters. Pat O'Brien and George Raft both get to spoof their Warner Bros. stereotypes as cop vs. gangster, Joan Shawlee shows off a bit of her stinger as the by-the-rules bandleader Sweet Sue, Mike Mazurki overplays delightfully the archetypal dim-bulbed henchman, and, if I'm not mistaken, I think that's young Billy Gray of "Father Knows Best" fame (the role is not listed in the credits) playing a snappy, pint-sized bellhop who comes on strong with the "girls."

For those headscratchers who can't figure out why the so-called "mild" humor of "Some Like It Hot" is considered such a classic today, I can only presume that they have been brought up on, or excessively numbed by, the graphic, mindless toilet humor of present-day "comedies." There was a time when going for a laugh had subtlety and purity - it relied on wit, timing, inventiveness and suggestion - not shock or gross-out value. It's the difference between Sid Caesar and Andrew "Dice" Clay; between Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon and Chris Farley and David Spade; between "I Love Lucy" and "Married With Children"; between Lemmon's novel use of maracas in the hilarious "engagement" sequence, and Cameron Diaz's use of hair gel in a scene that ANYBODY could have made funny. Jack Lemmon could do more with a pair of maracas than most actors today could do with a whole roomful of props. While "Some Like It Hot" bristles with clever sexual innuendo, today's "insult" comedies are inundated with in-your-face sexual assault which, after awhile, gets quite tiresome -- lacking any kind of finesse and leaving absolutely nothing to the imagination. I still have hope...

Having ultimate faith in my fellow film devotees, THAT is why "Some Like It Hot" will (and should be) considered one of THE screwball classics of all time, and why most of today's attempts will (and should be) yesterday's news.

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