Recommendation: Some Like It Hot (1959)

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Osgood: I am Osgood Fielding the third.
Daphne: I’m Cinderella the second.

Some Like It Hot is in my personal list of the greatest comedies of all time.

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TONY CURTIS & JACK LEMMON getting touched up | monovisions

Jack Lemmon/Tony Curtis’ Comedic Brilliance

The chemistry between Jack Lemmon as Jerry and Tony Curtis as Joe is ridiculously spectacular and undeniably one of the best on-screen duos in film. They star as two jazz musicians who witness a Mafia hit, a la the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, and must disguise themselves to join an all-female jazz band to escape Chicago. No matter how many times I watch it, the dialogue in this Billy Wilder-directed film never ceases to make me laugh just as hard as the first time I viewed it.

Marilyn Monroe’s Charm

The film also stars Marilyn Monroe as Sugar, a beautifully naive singer who begins a friendship with Lemmon’s Daphne and Curtis’ Josephine. Some Like It Hot marks the second collaboration between Monroe and director Billy Wilder; She previously starred in Wilder’s The Seven Year Itch (1955), arguably her most famous role.

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Wilder directing Monroe in her iconic “Subway Dress” scene 

She apparently “jumped at the chance to work on another film with [him]” and “Wilder apparently intended to cast Mitzi Gaynor to play Sugar but after he heard from Marilyn Monroe, the part was hers.

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I highly recommend watching this film if you are so inclined and I will inevitably end up doing a Nostalgia’d Review for it because I love me some Tony Curtis.


The Nitty Gritty

Release Year: 1959.
Director: Billy Wilder (Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, The Apartment).
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe and George Raft.
Run-Time: 2 hours and 12 minutes.

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other sources: AFI tumblr, giphy, ehehr’s essay on the Seven Year Itch, The Redlist.

Ben-Hur (1959)

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Esther: It was Judah Ben-Hur I loved. What has become of him? You seem to be now the very thing you set out to destroy. Giving evil for evil. Hatred is turning you to stone. It’s as though you had become Messala.

Starring: Charlton Heston as Judah Ben-Hur, Stephen Boyd as Messala, Haya Harareet as Esther, Hugh Griffith as Sheik Ilderim and Jack Hawkins and Quintus Arrius, dir. William Wyler

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Cinematographer: Robert Surtees (The Bad and the Beautiful, The Graduate, The Sting)

Roman Holiday (1953)

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Princess Ann: I’ve never been alone with a man before, even with my dress on. With my dress off, it’s MOST unusual.

According to sources known from the “IMDb”, Audrey Hepburn’s reaction to Gregory Peck’s it’s a prank, bro during the disgustingly adorable “Mouth of Truth” sequence was completely genuine.


Starring: Audrey Hepburn as Princess Ann, Gregory Peck as Joe Bradley, dir. William Wyler

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Cinematographers: Henri Alekan, Franz Planer

 

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

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Jim Stark: I woke up this morning, you know… and the sun was shining, and it was nice, and all that type of stuff. And the first thing, I saw you, and, uh, I said, “Boy, this is gonna be one terrific day, so you better live it up, because tomorrow you’ll be nothing.” You see? And I almost was.


Starring: James Dean as Jim Stark, Natalie Wood as Judy, Sal Mineo as John ‘Plato’ Crawford, dir. Nicholas Ray
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