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.