Wednesday 4 May 2005

Some Like It Hot (1959) - ickleReview (TV)

Black and white comedy directed by Billy Wilder and starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe. Joe and Jerry play sax and base in a 1929 Chicago speakeasy disguised as a funeral parlour. The joint is busted by the police for breaking the Prohibition laws, so they're out of a job. In a desperate attempt to make some money, they pawn their coats, only to lose them on a dog race. Then, just as they are about to borrow a car from a garage, they witness a mob murder. They make their escape by dressing in drag and taking a job as two musicians in an all girl band bound for Florida.

Rather saucy caper for 1959, with some rather gratuitous scenes of blond girls' legs and Marilyn's twins, as well as some rather violent Tommy-gun shootings. I suppose it might be the American Pie or Road Trip of its day. Some of the acting is truly awful, but it's a good bit of fun and supplies a few laughs along the way.

Nugget: I fail to see how this is hailed by cinema historians as a Hollywood classic, but I'm prepared to hear arguments.

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