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Some Like It Hot Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

The launching pad for Billy Wilder's comedy classic was a rusty old German farce, Fanfares of Love, whose two main characters were male musicians so desperate to get a job that they disguise themselves as women and play with an all-girl band in gangster-dominated 1929 Chicago. In this version, musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) lose their jobs when a speakeasy owned by mob boss Spats Columbo (George Raft) is raided by prohibition agent Mulligan (Pat O'Brien). Several weeks later, on February 14th, Joe and Jerry get a job perfroming in Urbana and end up witnessing 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 (Marilyn Monroe, in what may be her best performance). 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 (Joe E. Brown) has fallen in love with "Daphne." The plot gets even thicker when Spats Columbo and his boys show up in Florida. Nominated for several Oscars, Some Like It Hot ended up the biggest moneymaking comedy up to 1959. Full of hilarious set pieces and movie in-jokes, it has not tarnished with time and in fact seems to get better with each passing year, as its cross-dressing humor keeps it only more and more up-to-date. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 1, 1959

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Billy Wilder Best British Film 1959 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Billy Wilder Best Director 1959 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Billy Wilder Best Director 1959 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Billy Wilder Best Adapted Screenplay 1959 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jack Lemmon Best Foreign Actor 1959 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jack Lemmon Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1959 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jack Lemmon Best Actor 1959 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Marilyn Monroe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1959 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences I.A.L. Diamond Best Adapted Screenplay 1959 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charles B. Lang Best Black and White Cinematography 1959 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Orry-Kelly Best Black and White Costume Design 1959 Winner

Cast

Marilyn Monroe
as Sugar Kane
Tony Curtis
as Joe/Josephine
Jack Lemmon
as Jerry/Daphne
George Raft
as Spats Columbo
Pat O'Brien
as Mulligan
Joe E. Brown
as Osgood E. Fielding III
Nehemiah Persoff
as Little Bonaparte
Joan Shawlee
as Sweet Sue
Billy Gray
as Sig Poliakoff
George E. Stone
as Toothpick Charlie
Beverly Wills
as Dolores
John Indrisano
as Waiter
Marian Collier
as Olga
Mike Mazurki
as Spats' Henchman

Crew

Billy Wilder
Director
Billy Wilder
Producer
Billy Wilder
Screenwriter
I.A.L. Diamond
Screenwriter
Charles B. Lang
Cinematographer
Adolph Deutsch
Composer (Music Score)
I.A.L. Diamond
Associate Producer
Doane Harrison
Associate Producer
Orry-Kelly
Costume Designer
Milt Rice
Costume Designer
Fred Lau
Sound/Sound Designer
Milt Rice
Special Effects
Robert Thoeren
Short Story Author
Irene Caine
Costumes Supervisor
Emile LaVigne
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