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Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot

Marilyn Monroe
Director: Billy Wilder Cast: Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
, Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis
, Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
Billy Wilder
Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot

Marilyn Monroe
Director: Billy Wilder Cast: Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
, Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis
, Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
Billy Wilder

Blu-ray (Black & White)

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The launching pad for Billy Wilder's comedy classic was a rusty old German farce, Fanfares of Love, whose two main characters were male musicians so desperate to get a job that they disguise themselves as women and play with an all-girl band in gangster-dominated 1929 Chicago. In this version, musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) lose their jobs when a speakeasy owned by mob boss Spats Columbo (George Raft) is raided by prohibition agent Mulligan (Pat O'Brien). Several weeks later, on February 14th, Joe and Jerry get a job perfroming in Urbana and end up witnessing a gangland massacre in a parking garage. Fearing that they will be next on the mobsters' hit lists, Joe devises an ingenious plan for disguising their identities. Soon they are all dolled up and performing as Josephine and Daphne in Sweet Sue's all-girl orchestra. En route to Florida by train with Sweet Sue's band, the boys (girls?) make the acquaintance of Sue's lead singer Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe, in what may be her best performance). Joe and Jerry immediately fall in love, though of course their new feminine identities prevent them from acting on their desires. Still, they are determined to woo her, and they enact an elaborate series of gender-bending ruses complicated by the fact that flirtatious millionaire Osgood Fielding (Joe E. Brown) has fallen in love with "Daphne." The plot gets even thicker when Spats Columbo and his boys show up in Florida. Nominated for several Oscars, Some Like It Hot ended up the biggest moneymaking comedy up to 1959. Full of hilarious set pieces and movie in-jokes, it has not tarnished with time and in fact seems to get better with each passing year, as its cross-dressing humor keeps it only more and more up-to-date.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2018
UPC: 0715515223119
Original Release: 1959
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 2:01:00
Sales rank: 8,521

Special Features

New 4k digital restoration, with umcompressed monaural soundtrack; Audio Commentary from 1989 featuring film scholar Howard Suber; New short program on Orry-Kelly's costumes for the film, featuring Costume Designer and historian Deborah Nadoolman Landis and Costume Historian and archivist Larry McQueen; Three behind-the-scenes documentaries; Appearances by Director Billy Wilder on The Dick Cavett Show from 1982; Conversation from 2001; between actor Tony Curtis and film critic Leonard Maltin; French television interview from 1988 with actor Jack Lemmon; Radio interview from 1955 with actor Marilyn Monroe; Trailer; Plus: An essay by author Sam Wasson

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marilyn Monroe Sugar Kane
Tony Curtis Joe/Josephine
Jack Lemmon Jerry/Daphne
George Raft Spats Columbo
Pat O'Brien Mulligan
Joe E. Brown Osgood E. Fielding III
Nehemiah Persoff Little Bonaparte
Joan Shawlee Sweet Sue
Billy Gray Sig Poliakoff
George E. Stone Toothpick Charlie
Dave Barry Beinstock
Harry Wilson Spats's Henchman
Beverly Wills Dolores
Edward G. Robinson Johnny Paradise
John Indrisano Waiter
Tom Kennedy Bouncer
Grace Lee Whitney Actor
Mike Mazurki Spats' Henchman
Marian Collier Olga

Technical Credits
Billy Wilder Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
Adolph Deutsch Score Composer
I.A.L. Diamond Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Doane Harrison Associate Producer
Edward S. Haworth Art Director
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Fred Lau Sound/Sound Designer
Emile LaVigne Makeup
Sam Nelson Asst. Director
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Milt Rice Costumes/Costume Designer,Special Effects
Arthur P. Schmidt Editor
Allen K. Wood Production Manager

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