Sunday, September 6, 2009


Screenplay by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond
Directed by Billy Wilder

Tony Curtis
Jack Lemmon
Marilyn Monroe

Premiere date: March 29, 1959

Musicians Joe and Jerry lose their jobs when a speakeasy owned by mob boss Spats Columbo is raided. Several weeks later Joe and Jerry witness a gangland massacre in a parking garage. Fearing that they will be next on the mobsters' hit lists, Joe devises an ingenious plan for disguising their identities. Soon they are all dolled up and performing as Josephine and Daphne in Sweet Sue's all-girl orchestra. En route to Florida by train with Sweet Sue's band, the boys (girls?) make the acquaintance of Sue's lead singer Sugar Kane. Joe and Jerry immediately fall in love, though of course their new feminine identities prevent them from acting on their desires. Still, they are determined to woo her, and they enact an elaborate series of gender-bending ruses complicated by the fact that flirtatious millionaire Osgood Fielding has fallen in love with "Daphne." The plot gets even thicker when Spats Columbo and his boys show up in Florida.

6 Academy Award Nominations, 1 Win
Best Director
Best Actor - Jack Lemmon
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Cinematography (B/W)
Best Art Direction (B/W)
Best Costume Design (B/W)


Ellen said...

Best. Comedy. Ever.

DEZMOND said...

I just love Jack Lemmon in this role.

And, Rae Kasey, thanks for joining my HOLLYWOOD SPY blog, hope to see you often there :)

Rae Kasey said...

Jack Lemmon's performance in Some Like It Hot is one of the best comedic turns from a man that I've ever seen. It's right up there with Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove, in my opinion.

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