Saturday, February 27, 2010

"Some Like it Hot" The Best Comedy Ever?


Considered one of the greatest movie comedies of all time, director Billy Wilder's Some Like it Hot, is as funny today as when it premiered on March 29, 1959.

Marilyn Monroe and her "bosom" companions
The action starts in Chicago, when musicians, Joe and Jerry (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) unwittingly become witnesses to the St. Valentine’s Day massacre of 1929. To escape “Spats” Columbo and his gang, Joe and Jerry disguise themselves as women and join an all-girl band traveling by train to Florida. Masquerading as Josephine and Daphne, Curtis and Lemmon somehow fool bandleader Sweet Sue and band-manager Beinstock, who are desperate to round out their jazz band.

Underneath the sheltering palms
On the train ride to Florida, Josephine and Daphne meet Sugar Kane Kowalczyk (Marilyn Monroe). Things get complicated when Joe-Josephine starts to fall in love with her. With amazing energy and dexterity, Joe-Josephine manages to assume the identity of Junior, heir to the Shell Oil fortune, in order to woo Sugar and then switches back to play with Sweet Sue and Her Society Syncopaters, to hide out from the Columbo gang. All this switching back and forth makes Daphne’s (Lemmon’s ) head spin. But Daphne has her own problems. The rich, much-married Osgood Fielding III finds Daphne irresistible and proposes. What’s a nice “girl” like Daphne to do?

With more twists and turns than a roller coaster, Some Like it Hot boasts memorable performance from the three leads and was voted the number one comedy film of all time by the American Film Institute (AFI).

 What's your take? Is Some Like it Hot the funniest movie ever made?



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