​​​​#FilmyFlashback: ​Some Like It Hot

Billy Wilder‘s Some Like It Hot is a screwball comedy set in the 1930s. Through the movie you are able to see the director’s sharp storytelling skills; the same style that we saw in his other films like Sunset Boulevard and Double Indemnity. However, Some Like It Hot is nothing like those films. It is a mix of subtle double entendres and comic characters that give you a true classic. 

The story begins with two band mates – the jazz saxophone player Joe (Tony Curtis) and jazz double-bass player Jerry (Jack Lemmon) witnessing a mob killing in Chicago. In order to escape the wrath of the mob they join a group of woman boarding a train. But in order to escape, they have to disguise themselves as women. Joe turns into Josephine and Jerry into Daphane as they join Sweet Sue (Joan Shawlee)’s band of girls. There they meet the vocalist and ukulele player – the sensuous and nonconformist ​Sugar Kane Kowalczyk (Marilyn Monroe). Needless to say the boys falls for her charm. They all become friends and reach their new destination. Joe wants to make his move on Sugar and so he disguises himself once more as a millionaire. Joe’s intentions are purely carnal, and Sugar’s are of a monetary nature. Jerry isn’t alone either. Daphane has found herself an admirer in the married, yacht-owning millionaire Osgood Fielding III (Joe E. Brown).  

The writing is brilliant. The two parallel love stories make for an interesting watch – on one end there’s a man and a woman both running after sex and money respectively, and on the other hand we have a millionaire who is head over heels with a man disguised as a woman. The scene where the gangsters are chasing the two actors is hilarious and the moment in which Joe and Sugar actually fall in love is right in the middle of a chase. The placement of the scene could not be more perfect.

The film’s two main characters played by Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon are great but the winning trophy belongs to Marilyn Monroe as she hits the home​ ​run with her barely there dress, passionate kisses, and charm that is sexual and yet not provocative. You have to credit the director who pulled off the feat that definitely must have had the censor board at the edge of their seats. 

The star of the movie is Marilyn of​ ​course and she does a fabulous job at enticing. Catch this old classic this week! ​

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