Life on the lam leads to love for a saxophone player and the ukulele-strumming siren he comes across in this gender-swapping screwball comedy classic. The sight of two cross-dressing men was anything but a “drag” for movie audiences in 1959, and the hilarity holds up today, with Some Like It Hot earning the number one spot on AFI’S 100 Years…100 Laughs and the 10th place position in Lovetripper’s Romance Hall of Fame.
In the novel Bid Time Return, upon which the romance classic Somewhere In Time is based, author Richard Matheson’s main characters Richard Collier and Elise McKenna are not reunited at Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel, but rather at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, California.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of its 1959 premiere, the Some Like It Hot companion, written by Laurence Masion, is scheduled to hit book shelves in September 2009.
Each day of her stay at the Hotel Del Coronado, Marilyn Monroe ordered a cold souffle vanilla pudding with egg-white decoration, the hotel states on their web site.
Even before her birth, actress Jamie Lee Curtis was visiting movie sets. Her mother– Janet Leigh of Psycho fame– was pregnant when she would stop by to see her then-husband Tony Curtis as he stepped in front of the cameras.
The exterior of the Hotel Del Coronado shares the screen with Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis in this comedic clip from Some Like It Hot:
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This is part gangster caper, part fish-out-of-water, part slapstick, part love story. They both go on a journey (physical, emotional, and sexual). And it ends with Joe E. Brown!– Thomas
The looks on Joe E. Brown’s face are priceless! This movie never fails to make me laugh– it’s one of my all-time favorite comedies.– George
I’ve always felt as though I was born in the wrong era. I love the fashion, music and movies of the past, and Some Like It Hot is the quintessential sex comedy of its time.– Samantha
I read once that Some Like It Hot was originally to be shot in color. Thank goodness that Billy Wilder changed his mind! Black and white adds depth to this delightfully dipsy comedy and helps to make it a timeless classic.– Lionel
While I love to watch the latest box office hits, they can’t hold a candle to the movies of the past. Marilyn Monroe positively glows in every frame of this film! Anyone who watches it will instantly fall under her spell.– Charlie
There are a few movies that bring a smile to your face whenever you think of them. Some Like It Hot is one of those movies.– Jason
Although I’ve read that she didn’t feel the same way about her performance, I’ve always thought that Marilyn Monroe was in top form as Sugar Kane. Even though Some Like It Hot is a comedic farce, she added an extra layer to her role. Every woman can identify with the feeling that they’ve ended up with the “fuzzy end of the lollipop.”– Maria