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Some Like It Hot [1959] (1 disc)
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Director:Billy Wilder
Writer:Billy Wilder
I.A.L. Diamond
Composer:Adolph Deutsch
Length:121 minutes
(2 hours 1 minute)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Comedy
IMDB Rating:8.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:98%
Amazon Rating:5.0/5 stars
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  • Family
  • Romance
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Synopsis: When Joe and Jerry witness something they oughtn't, they quickly realize that, obviously, the only way to escape is to dress like girls and join an all-girl band. Obviously.


Reaction: Snarky synopsis aside, this one is actually quite enjoyable. Lemmon and Curtis are funny and make a good team.


Personal Rating: 9/10

Select Cast and Crew
Billy Wilder => Director / Writer
I.A.L. Diamond => Writer
Adolph Deutsch => Composer
Al Breneman => Bellhop (uncredited)
Barbara Drew => Nellie
Beverly Wills => Dolores
Billy Gray => Sig Poliakoff
Dave Barry [II] => Beinstock
Edward G. Robinson Jr. => Johnny Paradise
George E. Stone => Toothpick Charlie
George Raft => Spats Colombo
Grace Lee Whitney => Band Member (uncredited)
Jack Lemmon => Jerry
Joan Shawlee => Sweet Sue
Joe E. Brown => Osgood Fielding III
Joe Gray => Mobster at Banquet (uncredited)
Marian Collier => Olga (uncredited)
Marilyn Monroe => Sugar Kane Kowalczyk
Nehemiah Persoff => Little Bonaparte
Pat O'Brien => Det. Mulligan
Paul Frees => Funeral Director (voice) (uncredited)
Tony Curtis => Joe

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Marilyn Monroe required 47 takes to get "It's me, Sugar" correct, instead saying either "Sugar, it's me" or "It's Sugar, me". After take 30, Billy Wilder had the line written on a blackboard. Another scene required Monroe to rummage through some drawers and say "Where's the bourbon?" After 40 takes of her saying "Where's the whiskey?", 'Where's the bottle?", or "Where's the bonbon?", Wilder pasted the correct line in one of the drawers. After Monroe became confused about which drawer contained the line, Wilder had it pasted in every drawer. Fifty-nine takes were required for this scene and when she finally does say it, she has her back to the camera, leading some to wonder if Wilder finally gave up and had it dubbed.
  • A preview audience laughed so hard in the scene where Jack Lemmon announces his engagement that a lot of the dialogue was missed. It had to be re-shot with pauses (and the maraca gimmick) added.
  • 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.
  • Tony Curtis has said that he asked Billy Wilder if he could imitate Cary Grant for his stint as the millionaire in the movie. Wilder liked it and they shot it that way. Apparently, Grant saw the parody of himself and stated, "I don't talk like that."
  • Danny Kaye and Bob Hope were considered for the roles that went to Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. Director Billy Wilder originally wanted Frank Sinatra as Jerry/Daphne. Anthony Perkins auditioned for the Jack Lemmon role. Jerry Lewis was offered the role of Jerry/Daphne but declined because he didn't want to dress in drag. When Jack Lemmon received an Oscar nomination for the role that Lewis gave up, Lewis claims he sent him chocolates every year to thank him and now regrets not taking the part. Wilder had originally planned to cast [?] Mitzi Gaynor in the role of "Sugar Kane Kowalczyk", but when Marilyn Monroe became available, he used her instead.
  • Marilyn Monroe was pregnant during the filming, as a result she looked considerably heavier. She had no known children and several miscarriages in her life. Due to her pregnancy, most of the publicity still photos were posed for by both [?] Sandra Warner (who had an uncredited role as one of the band members) and Monroe's frequent stand-in [?] Evelyn Moriarty with Monroe's head superimposed later.
  • Tony Curtis's voice as Josephine was dubbed by Paul Frees (according to co-writer I.A.L. Diamond). Curtis confirmed it by stating the voice you hear as Josephine is a combination of his voice and Frees'. Curtis says he had trouble maintaining a high-pitched voice for an entire take.
  • Upon its original release, Kansas banned the film from being shown in the state, explaining that cross-dressing was "too disturbing for Kansans".
  • Marilyn Monroe wanted the film to be shot in color (her contract stipulated that all her films were to be in color), but Billy Wilder convinced her to let it be shot in black and white when costume tests revealed that the makeup that Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon wore gave their faces a green tinge.
  • Jack Lemmon wrote that the first sneak preview had a bad reaction with many audience walkouts. Many studio personnel and agents offered advice to Billy Wilder on what scenes to reshoot, add and cut. Lemmon asked Wilder what he was going to do. Wilder responded: "Why, nothing. This is a very funny movie and I believe in it just as it is. Maybe this is the wrong neighborhood in which to have shown it. At any rate, I don't panic over one preview. It's a hell of a movie." Wilder held the next preview in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, and the audience stood up and cheered.
  • The now-famous closing line, "Nobody's perfect," was actually never intended to make the final film. It was apparently to be replaced by the writers once they thought of something they liked better. Furthermore, both I.A.L. Diamond and Billy Wilder credit the other for the genesis of the line.