S is for Some Like It Hot

For this year’s A-To-Z Challenge, my theme is MOVIES. I will be working my way through the alphabet during the month of April with movie titles and short blurbs about each movie. Today’s movie is “Some Like It Hot.”

“Some Like It Hot” was a 1959 American romantic comedy film directed, produced and co-written by Billy Wilder. It starred Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. The screenplay by Wilder and I. A. L. Diamond was based on a screenplay by Robert Thoeren and Michael Logan from the 1935 French film “Fanfare of Love.” The film received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay, winning for Best Costume Design. In 1989, the Library of Congress selected it as one of the first 25 films for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

After witnessing a Mafia murder, slick saxophone player Joe (Tony Curtis) and his long-suffering buddy, Jerry (Jack Lemmon), improvise a quick plan to escape from Chicago with their lives. Disguising themselves as women, they join an all-female jazz band and hop a train bound for sunny Florida. While Joe pretends to be a millionaire to win the band’s sexy singer, Sugar (Marilyn Monroe), Jerry finds himself pursued by a real millionaire (Joe E. Brown) as things heat up and the mobsters close in.

The movie was really the story of the Lemmon and Curtis characters, along with a top-shelf supporting cast (Joe E. Brown, George Raft, Pat O’Brien), but Monroe, Hollywood’s most radiant sex symbol at the time, steals every scene she was in. It has been compared to Marx Brothers classics, especially in the slapstick chases as gangsters pursue the heroes through hotel corridors.

“Some Like It Hot” is a romantic comedy, a buddy movie, a crime caper, and a musical, and it is as deliriously funny and fresh today as it was when it first had audiences rolling in their seats with laughter more than six decades ago. It’s worth a look if you never saw it, or seeing it again if you have.

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34 thoughts on “S is for Some Like It Hot

  1. eschudel April 22, 2022 / 6:51 am

    Oh I love this movie, and laugh just thinking about it!

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  2. Marleen April 22, 2022 / 7:58 am

    One of the first twenty-five; wow. I always enjoyed Tony Curtis. I didn’t see this when it was new, but I think I’ve seen it (sounds like re-viewing is in order). Is Monroe the gal who started the trend of pointy bras, or was that someone else? Looks and sounds like she was a good actor and decent singer.

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    • Marleen April 22, 2022 / 4:15 pm

      I think it wasn’t her. I had thought it would’ve been the late fifties, since my mom has said her twin sister liked them. But it started in the 1940s. I have a photo of my mother-in-law (I don’t know what year but in black-n-white) in a pointier version than the first pictures to be found at the following article — or under a carefully ironed blouse over one.


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      • Marleen April 22, 2022 / 5:01 pm

        Within what I see as the next article, following the first one at the link, this is to be found:

        By the time the 1940s was ushered in, the … look of the “Flapper Girls” had long faded out, and America was about to witness a new fashion trend that would soon put the emphases on giving women a more defining look to their bust line.

        While Hollywood director and business tycoon, Howard Hughes, was filming his new movie, The Outlaw, he was unsatisfied with how Jayne Russell’s breasts appeared in the movie. This lead [NOT MY SPELLING ERROR] Hughes to design his own bra for Russell to wear in the movie [—] the Cantilever Bra. Hughes’ cantilever bra became the pre-cursor [my* emphasis] to the overly-emphasized “Bullet-Bra” which would eventually be introduced a few years later. When The Outlaw was released in 1943, Russell’s appearance in the movie, with her overly-emphasized bust line, set the nation, along with the Hollywood movie censors, on fire.

        In the mid-1940s Frederic Mellinger opened a shop called “Frederick’s of Hollywood,” located on Hollywood Boulevard in Las Angeles. Through his shop, Mellinger introduced black lingerie into the United States, and created the world’s first push-up bra.

        Mellinger spread the idea that lingerie served the purpose of making a woman feel right in her body, a very modern idea indeed.


        LIVE Steve Hackett [of Genesis] Fly On A Windshield + [Lamb Lies Down on] Broadway Melody Of 1974 (Genesis) — @ Spirit of 66 (2010)

        There’s Howard Hughes
        In blue suede shoes
        Smiling at the majorettes
        Smoking Winston Cigarettes

        And as the song and dance begins
        The children play at home
        With needles, needles and pins

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        • Marleen April 22, 2022 / 10:55 pm

          I don’t know who is singing in that clip (it’s not Gabriel) with the Genesis guitarist. The original singer on that album was the original singer and a founding member of Genesis (Peter Gabriel).

          Here’s a different album, the first:

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      • Marleen April 22, 2022 / 10:08 pm

        Continuing with the second article, it was Monroe to some extent:

        Following the Second World War, material availability, production and marketing, and demand for a greater variety of consumer goods, led to the demand of newer designs for bras. Manufacturers responded with new fabrics, colors, patterns, styles, padding and elasticity. One of the newer designs that emerged from this era was the “Bullet Bra.”

        First introduced in 1949 by Maidenform, the bullet bra was a full-support bra with cups in the shape of a paraboloid with its axis perpendicular to the breast […. while] television provided new promotional opportunities for the newly invented bullet bra, and played a huge part in the bras eventual popularity.

        The bullet bra was quickly integrated into the look of Hollywood starlets, as it had become the bra of choice to wear under their tight sweaters. This was due to the fact that the bullet bra allowed women to add a cup size to their busts and provide an overly exaggerated pointed look to their breasts.

        Hollywood fashion and glamour started to become a huge influence on women’s fashion choices in the 1950s. This new trend was due to Hollywood starlets such as Patti Page, Marilyn Monroe, and Lana Turner, who eventually became known as “Sweater Girls” due to the knit sweaters they would routinely wear over their bullet bras. This new fashion trend quickly became popular, not only with the Hollywood starlets, but with everyday women as well.

        Though the Bullet bra remained hugely popular throughout the 1950s, the over-emphasized, pointed look of the bullet bra would eventually and dramatically decline in popularity in the 1960s.


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  3. Lauren April 22, 2022 / 9:34 am

    I loved this movie. It’s one I’ve seen more than a few times.

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    • Fandango April 22, 2022 / 7:45 pm

      I would advise against such an endeavor.


  4. Nope, Not Pam April 23, 2022 / 3:39 am

    It looks fun 😊

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  5. leigha66 June 13, 2022 / 11:16 pm

    This is a great classic movie… I have seen it a few times.

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