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Some Like It Hot (1959)

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Often called the greatest comedy of them all and who are we to argue? Just hilarious, funny, brilliantly written, acted and directed, by the immaculate Billy Wilder. A simply sublime entertainment about jazz, gangsters, love and transvestism, with Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis wiggling for all their lives are worth in an all-girl band down in Florida after witnessing the St Valentine’s Day Massacre. Marilyn looks incredible, despite everything. She didn’t want to make the film, she had become tired of always playing the cute performer looking for a sugar daddy. However her husband Arthur Miller had massive legal bills as a result of taking on HUAC and as usual looked to her to pay his expenses, so she took the job when he said the script was good. Ironically, it’s probably the greatest film in which she ever appeared – and she’s brilliant. For some reason she seems entirely at home in the Twenties, which makes you wonder if she instead of Kim Novak should have taken the lead in Jeanne Eagels (1957), the biopic of the actress who died aged 39 two decades earlier, in circumstances alarmingly similar to Monroe’s own demise. She was very unwell during the shoot and her weight fluctuated and despite telling Wilder she was pregnant he worked her hard. She lost the pregnancy immediately filming wrapped.  Look sharp for her friend Edward G. Robinson Jr., a very good friend of Monroe’s, as Johnny Paradise.

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An occasional movie-watching diary.

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