Some Like it Hot (1959)

This movie was a debut for me in many aspects. The first and foremost attraction was Marilyn Monroe. All I heard previously were beautiful, died young, and tussle with  John F Kennedy. Of course, she was married to baseball player Joe Di Maggio briefly.

I wanted to watch this movie mainly to see Monroe. One isn’t disappointed with the introductory scene where the steam exhaust kindles her hip as she walks on a railway platform. She plays the role of Sugar Kane Kowalczyk, a lead singer in an all-female band.

If Monroe’s looks were something, check out Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in their comical best. The story starts with a massacre on St. Valentine’s Day, which is witnessed by Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) in Chicago. After these two and to escape from the city, the mob is disguised as Josephine (Tony Curtis) and Daphne (Jack Lemmon). They end up joining the All-Female music band. They head to Miami for a performance.

Joe, dressed like a rich man, impresses Sugar and utilizes the millionaire’s yacht while Daphne is busy with the millionaire. Joe uses Cary Grant’s accent while he seduces Sugar.

Apart from a romantic scene where Joe and Sugar seduce each other, most of the thunder is stolen by Jack Lemmon’s portrayal of Daphne.

The Tango scene picturised on Daphne and millionaire is one of many comical moments to be treasured in one’s memory.

The dialogue delivery and the dialogues are hilarious. Look out for series of comical events when the mob comes to Miami for a convention. They encounter Joe and Jerry, and the rest is fun.

The movie was shot in black and white, against the contract. It stipulated that all Monroe’s films are to be pictured in color at that time. Due to the green tinge prominent on Tony and Jack’s face, the color movie didn’t seem to be the way to go.

This movie was so inspiring that in 1975 Bollywood made a movie called “Rafoo Chakkar” starring Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, and Paintlal. Each frame resembles ‘Some like it hot’ barring songs.

Released in 1959, this movie won an Oscar for best costume design for a black and white film, and Jack Lemmon was nominated for Best Actor in a leading role for his cross-dressing portrayal of Jerry and Daphne.

Directed by Billy Wilder, this movie ends with one of the all-time favorite dialogues when Daphne reveals he is a man and cannot marry the millionaire.

The millionaire coolly replies, “Well, nobody is perfect.”

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