Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Some Like it Hot (1959)

When two struggling musicians; a saxophone player and a bass violin player witness a mob hit on the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Prohibition-Era Chicago, they think it’s wise to leave the city immediately and find another job somewhere else. But the only gig they can get is in an all-girl band. So they dress up as two women; Jerry (Lemmon) as Daphne, and Joe (Curtis) as Josephine. On the train to Miami, they meet Sugar Kane (originally Sugar Kane Kowalczyk) the lovable, bubbly vocalist/ukulele player for the band. Joe and Jerry become instant friends with Sugar. Joe tries to romance Sugar by pretending to be Junior, a stuffy, frigid millionaire with a yacht and founder of Shell Oil, while Jerry is courted by Osgood Fielding, an older millionaire. One of the funniest films I’ve ever seen; Lemmon and Curtis are a perfect pair, one of Marilyn’s best roles. Starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe, George Raft, Pat O’Brien, Joe E. Brown 10/10

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