I absolutely had to add a Marilyn Monroe film to my Classics list…it just didn’t seem right to not include at least one of her iconic movies. Some Like It Hot is number two under Item 14: Watch 5 “Classic” Movies.
Set at the end of the roaring 20’s during prohibition, Some Like It Hot tells the tale of two musicians, Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) who witness the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Desperate to get out of town fast, the duo disguise themselves as women, Josephine and Daphne, and travel with a girls-only band down to Florida.
Along the way, they meet the sultry, bombshell, Sugar (Marilyn Monroe) and Joe, er…Josephine, quickly finds himself falling in love with her. As Daphne accidentally wins the heart of a millionaire with a fancy yacht, Joe woos Sugar by hiding his true identity and simultaneously befriending her as a girlfriend.
This hilarious movie included mobster fights, dancing scenes and the courtship process of two generations ago. Jack Lemmon’s comedic antics and Marilyn Monroe’s sweet singing combined with fairly racy content (for the time it was released) elevates this film to the classic status it holds today. I definitely recommend to anyone looking for a classic comedy!