Opened: March 29, 1959
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Pat O’Brien, Nehemiah Persoff, Joan Shawlee & Joe E. Brown
With iconically hilarious performances by its trio of leads, Some Like It Hot is a comedy that stands the test of time.
After witnessing murders orchestrated by mobster Spats Colombo (George Raft) in Chicago, saxophone player Joe (Tony Curtis) and bass player Jerry (Jack Lemmon) don wigs as dresses as they hide in an all-girls band playing in Florida.
The acting that goes into the character choices is brilliant. Curtis plays three different personalities throughout, while Lemmon plays two. Lemmon wonderfully embraces his drag persona Daphne and his involvement with millionaire Osgood Fielding III (Joe E. Brown) will have you in fits.
In one of her final film roles, Marilyn Monroe is funny and lovable as ukulele player Sugar. Her few musical numbers remind you of what a talent she was.
Final say: Proves drag has been entertaining for years. ★★★★☆