On Valentines Day in 1929 a horrific gangland massacre happened in Chicago. This infamous act on a cold morning would go down in history as The St. Valentines Day Massacre. The victims of the massacre were members of Bugs Moran’s Irish north side gang. The men who killed them were members of Al Capone’s Italian south side gang. All of this was presented in the 1959 comedy Some Like It Hot. When two traveling musicians accidentally find themselves witnessing the massacre they make a run for it in an all girls band. Starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Marilyn Monroe this is one classic that is a must see.
In the beginning of the movie we are introduced to Joe (Curtis) and Jerry (Lemmon). The two of them have careers as traveling musicians throughout Chicago. One night when they stumble upon one of the most infamous massacres in gangland history they make a run for it. After hearing about an all girls band looking for two women who play the same instruments they do, they decide to join. Dressing up in drag they are able to fool the band’s leader Sweet Sue and the lead singer Sugar Kane (Monroe). Going with the names Josephine and Daphne, they find themselves in Florida where there is a millionaire who takes a liking to Daphne, who is really Jerry, by taking her out on a date. While Joe is with Sugar on his yacht. All of their plan starts to unravel when the gangsters who Joe and Jerry witnessed kill the members of the gang show up at the hotel. Doing their best to hide from them, their disguises are quickly recognized. Knowing that they have to flee they take advantage of the millionaire who has a thing for Daphne/Jerry. But, will Joe be able to leave Sugar behind?
Some Like It Hot is quite the comedy. Using cutaway gags and a story line that still makes us laugh, this classic is one to stay. Some Like It Hot is a 1959 classic that is sure to keep generations laughing for generations to come.