It’s nearly impossible to describe the simple plot of SOME LIKE IT HOT and make it sound sensible, let alone enjoyable: two men witness a murder and must dress like women and run away with a girls band to save their lives. Yet devise this plot with the brilliant minds of director/co-writer Billy Wilder and screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond, and what could have been a forgettable farce turned into one of the greatest and funniest American film comedies.
Cast Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon as the two Chicago musicians on the run from gangsters, have them dress in drag next to blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe, and you create a supernatural trio of stars with uncanny on-screen chemistry. An all-star supporting cast rounds out the hilarity as a tough-talking gangsters, an unflappable cop and a flapper-addicted millionaire playboy complicate matters for all involved, capping it off with one of the best punchlines ever filmed.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Wilder’s classic, read FilmEdge’s review of SOME LIKE IT HOT now available on Blu-ray.