#254 / 365 – ‘Some Like It Hot’ (1959) – 120 mins
IMDb Challenge #148 / 250 – Ranked #79 – DVD Collection
Two musicians, Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon), are thrown out of work when the speakeasy they performed in-owned by mob boss Spats Columbo (George Raft)-is raided by Prohibition agent Mulligan (Pat O’Brien) and closed. Finally, after three long weeks of unemployment, Joe and Jerry get a gig in Urbana. But first they must get their car out of hock…at the garage chosen by the mob for the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Hiding behind their car, Joe and Jerry witness the whole thing. Targeted for extinction, Joe and Jerry never show their faces again. There is an opening for a saxophonist and a bass player in an orchestra managed by one Sweet Sue (Joan Shawlee)…an all-woman orchestra. They get the job! On the way to Florida, they meet Sweet Sue’s lead singer, Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe).
The genius of Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot is that it features one of the oldest comedy tricks in the book, men dressing as women, Joe and Jerry aka Josephine and Geraldine clunking down the train station complaining how uncomfortable their heels are. “How do they move in these things?”, . Before Marilyn Monroe’s wonderful entrance – “Will you look at that! Look how she moves! It’s like Jell-O on springs. Must have some sort of built-in motor or something. I tell you, it’s a whole different sex!” – simply fantastic.
Narrowly beaten in the Academy Awards race by Wilders other screen gem within the same year – ‘The Apartment’. Some Like It Hot as consent inventiveness within its script along with it crackling with delightful and breezy characterisation bundled by some of the most astute comic timing ever to emerge from Hollywood.