Some Like It Hot Overview:

Some Like It Hot (1959) was a Comedy - Black-and-white Film directed by Billy Wilder and produced by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond and Doane Harrison.

OVERVIEW:

Hailed by the American Film Institute as the funniest American movie of all time...

When two Chicago musicians (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) accidentally witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, they trade in their union suits for flapper frocks and hightail it down to Florida as the newest members of an all-girl jazz band. Things get complicated when they meet sexy band-mate Sugar Kane Kowalczyk (Marilyn Monroe) and eccentric millionaire 'playboy' Osgood Fielding III. Mayhem ensues as they try to keep their true identities hidden from Sugar, Osgood -- and the mobsters who are after them!

Directed by Billy Wilder, Some Like It Hot would mark the first collaboration with his new writing partner, I.A.L. Diamond, as well as Academy-Award winning actor Jack Lemmon, who would go on to star in six of his final ten films.

THE FEMININE TOUCH:

Although director Billy Wilder intended the film to be shot in color, he changed his mind when test footage revealed the greenish tint of Curtis and Lemmon's make-up. To help coach them in the finer points of female impersonation, the film-makers hired Vander Clyde, a legendary drag artist known throughout Europe as Barbette. And as Curtis couldn't maintain a high-pitched voice for an entire take, Paul Frees, who also appears as the "funeral director" of Spats' speakeasy, was engaged to dub the voice of Josephine.

FINAL WORDS:

To close the film, Wilder and Diamond came up with one of the most memorable tag lines in motion picture history: "Nobody's perfect." Interestingly enough, it was not meant to stay in the film. "We wrote it the night before we had to shoot it, and I mentioned a line I'd considered using at some earlier point," recalled Diamond. "Billy said, 'Do you think it's strong enough for the tag of the picture?' and I said 'I don't know.' But it was getting to be 11:00 at night, so we wrote it that way, and he said, 'Well, maybe we'll think of something better on the set.' Fortunately, we didn't think of anything better on the set."

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Some Like It Hot was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1989.

Academy Awards 1959 --- Ceremony Number 32 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorJack LemmonNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Ted Haworth; Set Decoration: Edward G. BoyleNominated
Best CinematographyCharles Lang, Jr.Nominated
Best Costume DesignOrry-KellyWon
Best DirectorBilly WilderNominated
Best WritingBilly Wilder, I. A. L. DiamondNominated
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Win Tickets to see ?Some Like It Hot? on the Big Screen! In Select Cinemas Nationwide Sunday, June 11 & Wednesday, June 14! “Spills, thrills, laughs, and games. This may even turn out to be a surprise party.” CMH is thrilled to announce the 8th of our 14 movie ticket giveaways this y... Read full article


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Quotes from

Joe: There's another problem.
Jerry: Like what?
Joe: Like, what are you gonna do on your honeymoon?
Jerry: We've been discussing that. He wants to go to the Riviera but I kinda lean towards Niagara Falls.


Osgood: You must be quite a girl.
Daphne: Wanna bet?


Joe: Jerry, Jerry, will you take my advice? Forget about the whole thing, will ya? Just keep telling yourself: you're a boy, you're a boy.
Jerry: I'm a boy.
Joe: That's the boy.
Jerry: I'm a boy. I'm a boy. I wish I were dead. I'm a boy. Boy, oh boy, am I a boy. Now, what am I gonna do about my engagement present?
Joe: What engagement present?
Jerry: Osgood gave me a bracelet.
Joe: [takes it and inspects the stones with Beinstock's glasses] Hey, these are real diamonds!
Jerry: Of course they're real! What do you think? My fiance is a bum?


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In 2008, a Californian man who found a little black dress in his closet was stunned when appraisers for U.S. TV series Antiques Roadshow determined it once belonged to Marilyn Monroe. The frock - which Monroe was sewn into for Some Like It Hot - was estimated to be worth $250,000
In Russia, the film is titled "Only Girls Are Allowed In Jazz"; thought by some to be a much more appropriate title.
Tony Curtis's voice as Josephine was dubbed by Paul Frees (according to co-writer I.A.L. Diamond). Curtis confirmed it by stating the voice you hear as Josephine is a combination of his voice and Frees'. Curtis says he had trouble maintaining a high-pitched voice for an entire take.
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