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Some Like It Hot (1959)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 19 March 1959 (USA)
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After two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

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Billy Wilder

Writers:

Billy Wilder (screenplay), I.A.L. Diamond (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Top Rated Movies #135 | Won 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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 Barbara Drew ... Nellie
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Storyline

After two Chicago musicians, Joe and Jerry, witness the the St. Valentine's Day massacre, they want to get out of town and get away from the gangster responsible, Spats Colombo. They're desperate to get a gig out of town but the only job they know of is in an all-girl band heading to Florida. They show up at the train station as Josephine and Daphne, the replacement saxophone and bass players. They certainly enjoy being around the girls, especially Sugar Kane Kowalczyk who sings and plays the ukulele. Joe in particular sets out to woo her while Jerry/Daphne is wooed by a millionaire, Osgood Fielding III. Mayhem ensues as the two men try to keep their true identities hidden and Spats Colombo and his crew show up for a meeting with several other crime lords. Written by garykmcd

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The MOST comedy ever made! The BIGGEST comedy ever made! The HOTTEST comedy ever made! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Tony Curtis was spotted by Billy Wilder while he was making Houdini (1953). Wilder thought Curtis would perfect for the role of Joe, saying, "I was sure Tony was right for it - because he was quite handsome, and when he tells Marilyn Monroe that he is one of the Shell Oil family, she has to be able to believe it." See more »

Goofs

The bullets that fall out of Spats' gangster's pants are too large to fit his handgun. He has an automatic and the bullets are for a revolver. 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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Alternate Versions

The Soviet Union version was cut by ca. 20 minutes. See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Comedy Movies: 1950s (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Park Avenue Fantasy (Stairway to the Stars)
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Matty Malneck and Frank Signorelli
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Two musicians dressed as women join an all-girl band to escape the mobsters' vendetta
30 October 2012 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Legendary comedy masterpiece from filmmaker Billy Wilder and IAL Diamond that Won Oscar and another 13 wins & 8 nominations . Immensely charming comedy set among Chicago and Miami , being starred by an all-star-cast . When two unemployed musicians witness a mob hit , the St Valentine massacre in Chicago carried out by mobster chief (George Raft) they flee the state in an all female band disguised as women and headed for Florida , but further complications set in. There appears a gorgeous singer , Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe) , who is object of pursuit by the musicians (Jack Lemmon , Tony Curtis) who cannot reveal their identity because are dressed as women in order to getaway from killer gangsters' retaliation .

Rightly enjoyable and fun-filled , milestone comedy which neatly combines humor , mirth , entertaining situations and amusement . This noisy comedy is intelligently and pleasingly written to gives us lots of fun , laughters and smiles . Mordantly funny , though by time of premiere was rated as bad taste and some discomfort ; however , is todays considered a real classic movie . Billy Wilder kept the studio Paramount happy , the picture consistently made money and was hit at box office . Flawless comedy with a trio of sensational protagonists , including an unforgettable Marilyn who parades sexily at her best and more relaxed and enticing than ever . The hit of the show is undoubtedly for the fetching Marilyn Monroe who gives one of the best screen acting and sings marvelous songs as ¨Running wild¨, ¨I'm through with love¨ and the immortal ¨I wanna be loved you¨. Magnificent performances from Jack Lemmon as angst-ridden musician dressed in drag and sensational Tony Curtis as a philander young , playing his Gary Gray Grant impression . Furthermore , a splendid secondary cast , a variety of notorious actors who make sympathetic interpretations such as Pat O'Brien , George Raft , Mike Mazurski , Nehemia Persoff and , of course, smitten Joe E Brown , including his now-classic closing line .

The motion picture was very well directed by Billy Wilder who includes several punchlines . Billy was one of the best directors of history . In 1939 started the partnership with Charles Bracket on such movies as ¨Ninotchka¨ , ¨Ball of fire¨ , making their film debut as such with ¨Major and the minor¨ . ¨Sunset Boulevard¨ was their last picture together before they split up . Later on , Billy collaborated with another excellent screenwriter IAL Diamond . Both of them won an Academy Award for ¨Stalag 17¨ dealing with a POW camp starred by William Holden . After that , they wrote/produced/directed such classics as ¨Ace in the hole¨ , the touching romantic comedy ¨Sabrina¨ , the Hickcoktian courtroom puzzle game ¨Witness for the prosecution¨ and two movies with the great star Marilyn Monroe , the warmth ¨Seven year itch¨ and this ¨Some like hot¨. All of them include screenplays that sizzle with wit . But their biggest success and highpoint resulted to be the sour and fun ¨¨The apartment¨. Subsequently in the 60s and 70s , the duo fell headlong into the pit , they realized nice though unsuccessful movies as ¨Buddy buddy¨ ,¨Fedora¨ , ¨Front page¨ and ¨Secret life of Sherlock Holmes¨, though the agreeable ¨Avanti¨ slowed the decline . The team had almost disappeared beneath a wave of bad reviews and failures . ¨Some like hot¨ rating : Above average , essential and indispensable watching ; extremely funny and riveting film and completely entertaining . It justly deserves its place among the best comedy ever made . One of the very funniest films of all time and to see and see again . It's the kind of movie where you know what's coming but , because the treatment , enjoy it all the same .


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Not Tonight, Josephine! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,883,848 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$195,088
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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