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Some Like It Hot (1959)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 14 April 1959 (Japan)
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When 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

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Billy Wilder (screenplay), I.A.L. Diamond (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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

When 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 movie too HOT for words! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1959 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Not Tonight, Josephine! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,883,848 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

While being interviewed by Michael Parkinson, Jack Lemmon said the scene where Sugar Kane gets in bed with Jerry on the sleeper train was the only scene Marilyn Monroe managed to do in one take. See more »

Goofs

In Sugar Kane's introductory scene (the platform of the Chicago railroad station), her hairstyle, featuring spit curls, is at least a nod in the direction of the 1920s. The next time we see her (on the train, supposedly the same afternoon or evening of departure), her hairstyle is pure late 1950s. 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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Soundtracks

Park Avenue Fantasy (Stairway to the Stars)
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Matty Malneck and Frank Signorelli
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A well timed comedy with a wonderful dialogue
22 January 2001 | by novrupSee all my reviews

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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