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#354. Some Like It Hot

  • Year: 1959
  • Country: USA
  • Production: Mirisch, United Artists, 120m B&W
  • Director: Billy Wilder
  • Producer: Billy Wilder
  • Screenplay: Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond
  • Photography: Charles Lang
  • Music: Adolph Deutsch
  • Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Joe E. Brown, Pat O'Brien
  • Oscar Wins: Best Costume Design
  • Oscar Noms: Best Director, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction

Abridged Book Description

This legendary drag comedy is sensationally funny, fizzing from start to finish with great situations, cleverly crafted gags, breakneck timing, and terrific performances. The 1950s top sex goddess at her most enchanting, Monroe's forlorn-funny turn, maddening though it was for her costars and director to capture, is mythic. Curtis' self-consciousness in drag gave him an aloof control that is in superb contrast to the uninhibited, priceless Lemmon... Industry mavens predicted the film would be a disaster because it broke several traditional rules of film comedy (the story springs from a grisly mass murder, the script was only half-written when shooting began, and the picture runs two hours, to cite a few), but audiences went crazy and still do, long after Some Like It Hot was selected by the American Film Institute as the Best Comedy of All Time.