Join Marcus Renna in the Scott Room for a screening and discussion of the 1959 comedy "Some Like It Hot," co-written, produced, and directed by Billy Wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. Based on the 1935 French film "Fanfare of Love" and loosely similar to the plot of the 1933 novel She Loves Me Not by Edward Hope. The inspiration for the recent widely acclaimed Broadway musical of the same name.
In Prohibition-era Chicago, struggling musicians Joe (Curtis) and Jerry (Lemmon) work in a speakeasy owned by the gangster "Spats" Colombo. Fleeing a raid by police, Joe and Jerry witness Spats and his gang gunning down the informant who tipped off the police. Desperate to get out of town, Joe and Jerry disguise themselves as woman so they can join an all-female band traveling to play a gig in Miami. On the train, they meet Sugar Kane (Monroe), the band's vocalist, and they become obsessed with winning her affection while struggling to maintain their disguises. The hijinks grow only more complicated once the band reaches Miami with Spats and his goons attending a conference for "Friends of Italian Opera," a major meeting of the national crime syndicate held in the same hotel.
A wildly popular film at the time, "Some Like It Hot" has consistently placed in critic's best of lists for American comedies. Spry, quick-witted, and energetic.