Marilyn Monroe's best movie?
Happy 90th birthday to Hollywood's biggest icon Marilyn Monroe, who may not be with us in flesh, but remains a huge part of the entertainment industry in spirit. In fact, she starred in one of the greatest comedy movies of all time, not to mention a number of other hugely influential pictures.
Marilyn Monroe starred alongside Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in 'Some Like It Hot'
The lead actress... Already famous for the likes of 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes', 'How to Marry a Millionaire' and 'The Seven Year Itch' among others, 'Some Like It Hot' was one of Monroe's last films released three years before she died from a drug overdose. It was another movie that arguably exploited her sex appeal and portrayed her as another 'dumb-blonde', and she found it extremely difficult to learn her lines. But none the less, it was a remarkable performance from the movie star.
The movie... It's about two men (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) on the run from mobsters who find a way of escaping with a touring band; however, it's an all-girl group and they are forced to dress as two women called Daphne and Josephine in order to keep away from the gang activity. It's not always easy to keep the facade going, especially being surrounded by beautiful women, but it gets even harder when Osgood Fielding III falls in loved with Daphme.
Why you need to watch it... Apart from the fact that it's hilarious, a lot the humour is still culturally relevent. Drag humour is a major theme in comedy now when you consider movies like 'White Chicks' and 'Priscilla Queen Of The Desert'. Plus, it's one of Marilyn Monroe's best ever performances, even if it did take a lot of effort from the crew to pull it out of her.
The best line(s)... Jerry: 'I'm a man' Osgood: 'Well, nobody's perfect!' Obviously comedy has improved vastly since 1959, but that was a completely unexpected way to end a movie at the time. In fact, the line was a last minute idea from co-writer I.A.L. Diamond, though Wilder was initially unsure about including it.
What's happening now? Thankfully, they've never released a re-boot of the movie, but it has since hit the stage in various productions.