Reviews - Some Like It Hot
Some Like It Hot
Reviewed By Vaughan Ames
The Billy Wilder classic – voted the best comedy ever by the American Film Institute in 2000 – is still hot enough to watch now. Marilyn Monroe tops the billing as Sugar, the ukele-playing singer of an all women band in the 1920s, but it is Jack Lemmon who steals the show. He (as Jerry), and his buddy Joe (Tony Curtis) are forced to hide from the mob, dressed as a female bass and sax player (Daphne and Josephine). The band is on tour in Florida, where Josephine disguises 'herself' as a rich oil millionaire to seduce Sugar, whilst Daphne is pursued by a genuine millionaire Osgood Fielding III (played brilliantly by Joe E Brown).
Inevitably the mob turns up and the farce scenes as they chase each other through the hotel were almost Marx Brothers good. Of course 'Josephine' has fallen genuinely in love with Sugar and has to reveal 'himself'. The escape plan is masterful as Daphne conns Osgood into 'eloping' on his yacht, taking Josephine along as 'bridesmaid'. Of course, Sugar jumps in too and the four go off into the sunset...leaving us with one of the best ever last lines as Daphne admits to Osgood that 'she' is a man...
Our apologies to the audience for the sound outage which was caused by a power cut; and thanks for staying with us while it was cured. We had no-one at the cinema who knew how to deal with it until Tom came back to the rescue. Ah well, 'Nobody’s Perfect'...
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