Sunday, June 24, 2012

Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot

#14 (1998) and #22 (2007) on the AFI Top 100 Films List

Some Like It Hot is an American comedy film, made in 1958 and released in 1959, which was directed by Billy Wilder and starred Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and George Raft. The supporting cast includes Joe E. Brown, Pat O'Brien and Nehemiah Persoff. The film is a remake by Wilder and I. A. L. Diamond of a 1935 French movie, Fanfare d'Amour, from the story by Robert Thoeren and Michael Logan, which was also remade in 1951 by German director Kurt Hoffmann as Fanfaren der Liebe. However, both the French and German films were without the gangsters that are an integral part of the plot of Some Like It Hot. Wilder's working title for his film was Fanfares of Love, then Not Tonight, Josephine before he decided on Some Like It Hot as its release title.

During 1981, after the worldwide success of the French comedy La Cage aux Folles, United Artists re-released Some Like It Hot to theatres. In 2000, the American Film Institute listed Some Like It Hot as the greatest American comedy film of all time.

* Marilyn Monroe as "Sugar" Kane Kowalczyk
* Tony Curtis as Joe/"Josephine"/"Junior"
* Jack Lemmon as Jerry/"Geraldine"/"Daphne"
* George Raft as "Spats" Colombo
* Pat O'Brien as Detective Mulligan
* Joe E. Brown as Osgood Fielding III
* Nehemiah Persoff as "Little Bonaparte"
* Joan Shawlee as Sweet Sue
* Billy Gray ss Sig Poliakoff
* George E. Stone as "Toothpick" Charlie
* Dave Barry as Beinstock
* Mike Mazurki as Spats's henchman
* Harry Wilson as Spats's henchman
* Beverly Wills as Dolores, trombone
* Edward G. Robinson, Jr. as Johnny Paradise
* Mary Foley as violin player
* Colleen O'Sullivan a.k.a. Penny McGuiggan as Maude, violin
* Joan Kayne a.k.a. Joan Fields as Betty, clarinet
* Joan Waldor as drummer
* Helen Perry as Stella, trombone
* Sandra Warner as Emily, saxophone
* Gloria Tracy a.k.a. Tracy Moss as Gloria, harp
* Laurie Mitchell as Mary Lou, trumpet
* Marian Collier as Olga, clarinet
* Grace Whitney as Rosella, trumpet
* Pat Holbrook as band member
* Diane Boothe as band member
* Kay Rickman as Hortensia, trumpet

Aside from the title, the film bears no resemblance to a Bob Hope movie of the same name released in 1939.

The film was planned originally to be filmed in color,[citation needed] but after several screen tests, it was changed to black and white because of a very obvious 'green tint' around the heavy make-up required by Curtis and Lemmon when portraying Josephine and Daphne. The Florida segment, at the fictitious "Seminole Ritz", was filmed at the Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, California.

Some Like It Hot received a "C" (Condemned) rating from the National Legion of Decency (formerly the Catholic Legion of Decency). The film, along with Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) and several other films, contributed to the end of the Production Code in the mid-1960s. It was released by United Artists without the MPAA logo in the credits or title sequence, since the film did not receive Production Code approval.

Tony Curtis is frequently quoted as saying that kissing Marilyn Monroe was like "kissing Hitler". However, during a 2001 interview with Leonard Maltin, Curtis stated that he had never made this claim. In his 2008 autobiography, Curtis notes that he did make the statement to the film crew, but it was meant in a joking manner. During his appearance at the Jules Verne Festival in France (2008), Curtis revealed on the set of Laurent Ruquier's TV show that he and Monroe were lovers in the late 1940s when they were first struggling for recognition in films.

The film's title is a line from the nursery rhyme "Pease Porridge Hot". It also occurs as dialogue in the film when Joe, as "Junior", tells Sugar he prefers classical music over hot jazz. The film's working title was Fanfares of Love, then Not Tonight, Josephine, before the release title was finally decided as Some Like It Hot.

1 comment:

RCB said...

Great movie. I remember seeing it as a child... a rerun, of course :)