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->''"Well, nobody's perfect."''

'''''Some Like It Hot''''' is a 1959 comedy film directed by Creator/BillyWilder.

The year is 1929 or thereabouts. Joe (Creator/TonyCurtis) and Jerry (JackLemmon) are [[TheWindyCity Chicago]] jazz musicians who become witnesses to the Valentine's Day Massacre. Unfortunately, being known to be a witness to a massacre is something the mob will kill people over, and Joe and Gerald have been spotted, so they need to get out of Chicago fast.

It so happens that an all-girl band which is leaving town has openings for a bass player and a tenor saxophonist. This does mean that Joe and Jerry will have to pretend to be women, but they consider this better than dying. They introduce themselves as Josephine and Daphne (Jerry prefers that to Geraldine).

The lead singer of the band is called Sugar, and she is beautiful (MarilynMonroe!). She has a weakness for tenor saxophonists, which is why her current band is girls only (she thinks). She is attractive to the men, and they both have to remember that they're supposed to be girls.

The train ends up in {{Miami}}, where the band has a gig in a hotel. Sugar expresses the desire to be romanced by a millionaire, and Joe decides to take up another ID as a (male) millionaire to court her. Meanwhile, ''real'' millionaire Osgood Fielding III (Joe E. Brown) is courting Daphne, and Daphne is starting to like it for more than the presents... which is unfortunate, since he's still a guy biologically.

The coup de grāce is when Joe and Jerry/Daphne eventually learn that the hotel is booked for a [[TheMafia friends of Italian opera]] convention...

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: The young bellhop to "Josephine" and Osgood to "Daphne"...at first.
* AbortedArc: At the beginning of the train trip, Sweet Sue tells Beinstock that she thinks there's "something funny about those new girls" and he tells her he'll keep an eye on them. Nothing further ever comes of this.
** [[ChekhovsGun Possibly a subtle set-up for when Joe steals Beinstock's glasses to use as part of his "millionaire" persona.]]
* AffectionateParody: What is the last (realistic) thing you'd expect in a gangster flick? Men in drag, of course.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Or at least Sugar does. She tells "Josephine" that she always ends up with saxophone players who treat her like crap.
* AnythingThatMoves: Osgood, apparently. He's had multiple marriages, won't take no for an answer from "Daphne", and doesn't even seem to mind that she's really a man.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
-->'''Sugar''': I don't care how rich he is, as long as he has a yacht, his own private railroad car, and [[BrickJoke his own toothpaste]].
* BecomingTheMask: Jerry/Daphne, or at least it ''seems'' that way at one point.
* BiggerBad: Little Bonaparte.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Sugar (blonde), "Josephine" (brunette), and "Daphne", who the production shots show to be redhead.
* BreakUpMakeUpScenario: When Joe is forced to leave Sugar by the phone, she is so heartbroken she gives up on love. He eventually reveals her the truth... by giving her a "lesbian" kiss.
* ButtMonkey: Jerry
* CaliforniaDoubling: For Florida.
* TheChanteuse: Sugar.
* ChaseScene
* ChekhovsGun: The emergency brake.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: When Joe learns that Osgood proposed to Jerry (as Daphne):
-->'''Joe''': What are you talking about? You can't marry Osgood.\\
'''Jerry''': Why, you think he's too old for me?
* CoolBoat: Osgood's yacht is pretty snazzy.
* DifferentForGirls: Lampshaded as Jerry tries to figure out how to walk in heels, just as Sugar walks by them with a... ''memorable'' demonstration. Many years later, a movie reviewer asked Tony Curtis why his "Josephine" was so much more feminine than Jack Lemmon's "Daphne". A laughing Curtis explained that he was so scared to be playing a woman (or a man pretending to be one) that his tightly wound body language could be read as demure and shy, traditionally feminine traits, whereas Lemmon, who was completely unbothered, and "ran out of his dressing room screaming like the Queen of the May," kept much more of his masculine body language.
* DirtyOldMan: Osgood. Jerry even names him as such at one point.
* DisguisedInDrag
-->'''Sweet Sue''': Are you two from the Poliakoff Agency?\\
'''"Josephine"''': Yes, we're the new girls.\\
'''"Daphne"''': Brand new!
* FamousLastWords: "Big joke." [[spoiler: Spats, after being machine-gunned.]]
* FanService: Just about every scene with Sugar.
* FeetFirstIntroduction: When Spats walks into the scene, the first things we see are his trademark spats.
* {{Gainaxing}}
** The scene where Sugar climbs into bed to rub 'Daphne's' feet in a skimpy nightie. No bra.
** Also, Sugar 'shakes' rather vigorously during and after 'Running Wild'.
* GenderBenderFriendship: Daphne and Josephine get pretty friendly with Sugar and the rest of the band.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Literally in the case of Joe's line "Something tells me the omelette is about to hit the fan."
* GoldDigger: Sugar wants to marry a millionaire. "Daphne" turns into this as well.
* HeKnowsTooMuch
* HelloNurse: Guess.
* [[HenpeckedHusband Henpecked Subordinate]]: Beinstock to Sweet Sue.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Joe and Jerry.
* HilarityEnsues
* HistoricalInJoke: Joe makes a flurry of them:
-->"Jerry, boy, why do you have to paint everything so black? Suppose you got hit by a truck? Suppose the stock market crashes? Suppose Mary Pickford divorces Douglas Fairbanks? Suppose the Dodgers leave Brooklyn? Suppose Lake Michigan overflows?"
** The last item didn't happen until 2008, making this even more HilariousInHindsight.
* HollywoodDarkness: The scenes when Sugar is running out to meet Joe after the concert are full of shadows and a bright sky...at one o'clock in the morning.
** In fairness, there ''was'' a full moon.
* HomoeroticSubtext: So very much, particularly for 1959. At one point Jerry-as-Daphne seems to be developing genuine romantic feelings for Osgood, much to Joe's consternation (and we later find out that [[spoiler: Osgood is completely unfazed by Jerry's real gender]]). Also, Sugar doesn't seem to initially mind getting a full-on kiss from [[spoiler: Josephine]]. On a side note, Joe and Jerry are HeterosexualLifePartners, Joe is very insistent that they do everything together and that what's Jerry's is his and while Jerry vocally objects, he goes along with it anyway.
** Though the last case may be more akin to them being like brothers, with Jerry being the little brother who gets bullied into doing things he doesn't want to.
* HurricaneOfExcuses: The last lines of the movie.
* ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder:
-->'''Sweet Sue:''' Here we are, all packed, ready to leave for Miami, and what happens? The saxophone runs off with a Bible salesman, and the bass fiddle gets herself pregnant! Beinstock, I ought to fire you!
-->'''Beinstock:''' Me? I'm the manager of the band, not the night watchman.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Apparently, the Mafia can only hit targets that stand still. Some TruthInTelevision to that, as the Saint Valentine's Day massacre was a case of MoreDakka, and one victim ''still'' lived long enough to tell the police to fuck off.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: "Well, nobody's perfect."
* ImpossiblyLowNeckline: Sugar's stage dresses. There's some transparent material holding it up to keep her from being NippleAndDimed, but the opaque material only covers a minimal amount.
* IronicEcho: When Jerry (Daphne) and Joe (Josephine) first get on the train and see all the other women, Jerry starts salivating over the prospect, and Joe has to tell him to keep telling himself, "I'm a girl." Later, after "Daphne" has accepted Osgood's proposal of marriage, Joe has to tell him again to keep telling himself, "I'm a boy."
-->"I'm a girl. I'm a girl. ''I wish I was dead.'' I'm a girl."
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: "Suppose the stock market crashes. Suppose Mary Pickford divorces Douglas Fairbanks. Suppose the Dodgers leave Brooklyn!"
** Jerry's reaction to Joe's millionaire voice ("And where did you get that phony accent from? Nobody talks like that!"). It's actually Tony Curtis doing a Cary Grant impression.
* JerkAss: Joe has his moments.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: However, he does feel genuine remorse for breaking Sugar's heart near the end. He also tells her that she deserves someone better than him.
* JumpingOutOfACake: A gunman hides in a cake near the climax and mows down the BigBad and his gang as retribution for the garage massacre witnessed by Joe and Jerry.
* LarynxDissonance
* LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub: The Friends of Italian Opera.
* TheMafia
* ManChild: Osgood.
* MeaningfulEcho: "You too, Spats. UP!"
** "Toothpick Charlie? Never heard of him!"
* {{Meganekko}}: Sugar believes that men who wear glasses are more gentle and vulnerable. Joe takes full advantage of this by dressing up as a bespectacled millionaire, though he behaves more like a StoicSpectacles.
* MilhollandRelationshipMoment: In the final scene, when Jerry [[InternalReveal reveals]] his flaws and true sex to Osgood and latter doesn't seem to care.
* MisplacedNamesPoster: Some home video covers show Marilyn Monroe's name above Josephine, and Tony Curtis' name above Sugar. Jack Lemmon's name always seems to end up in the correct place (above Daphne).
* MommasBoy: Osgood's mother gets the last word in who her son's allowed to marry. Considering his age, it's a wonder she's even still alive.
* MsFanservice: Sugar. It's MarilynMonroe, the original Sex Goddess, at her finest.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Sugar isn't ''quite'' as dumb as she acts; neither is Osgood.
* OldFashionedRowboatDate: Spoofed, due to the twists already happening in the plot, like DisguisedInDrag.
* OrphanedPunchline: "So the one-legged jockey says, 'Don't worry about me, baby, I ride ''sidesaddle''!!' ", although the very beginning of the joke is told a few scenes before, when Josephine and Daphne are introduced to the band.
* PrettyInMink: Aside from the flapper era coats, Sugar wears a fox wrap for her date.
* PunnyName: Sugar Kane.
* RecursiveCrossdressing: Joe flip flops between being Joe, Josephine and Junior so many times, it's a wonder he doesn't have split personalities by the end of the movie.
* TheRoaringTwenties
* RunningGag: Blood type O.
* ScreenToStageAdaptation: The musical ''Sugar'', which opened on Broadway in 1972, and closed the following year.
* SelectiveObliviousness: Daphne tries to talk Osgood out of his marriage proposal.
* SerialSpouse: Osgood.
-->'''Osgood:''' I've been married seven or eight times.
-->'''"Daphne":''' You're not sure?
-->'''Osgood:''' Mama is keeping score.
* {{Sexophone}}: Sugar's first appearance is accompanied by a sax solo. The character also has a thing for sax players.
* SexyBacklessOutfit: Sugar's gown for "I Wanna Be Loved By You".
* SexyWalk: Sugar. As Jerry comments: "Look how she moves. That's just like Jell-O on springs. She must have some sort of built-in motors."
* ShoutOut: Joe's millionaire persona is an overt CaryGrant imitation; Curtis was a great admirer of Grant's work, and the two would appear together in ''Film/OperationPetticoat'' later that same year.
** Several to classic gangster movies:
*** At one point "Spats", played by George Raft, asks a {{mook}} who is playing with a coin "Where'd you pick up that cheap trick?". Raft had [[ActorAllusion created the iconic image of the coin-flipping crook]]; he played one in ''Film/{{Scarface 1932}}'' and in ''If I Had A Million'', both made in 1932.
*** Later "Spats" threatens another {{mook}} with a halved grapefruit, a ShoutOut to a famous scene in ''Film/ThePublicEnemy'' (1931), where James Cagney mashes a grapefruit in Mae Clarke's face.
*** The leading mafia boss is nicknamed "Little Bonaparte", a nod to Edward G. Robinson's character from the gangster film ''Film/LittleCaesar'' (1931).
*** The coin-flipping crook is played by Edward G. Robinson Jr., as tall and handsome as his father was short and odd-looking.
* ShrugTake: Osgood, in the final scene after the MilhollandRelationshipMoment.
* [[StageNames Stage Name]]: Sugar Kane used to be Sugar Kowalczyk.
* TheStateroomSketch: The party in "Daphne"'s sleeping berth on the train.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Roughly half the dialogue:
** "If I were a girl...and I ''am''..."
* SweetOnPollyOliver: Inverted in a hilarious manner.
* TitleDrop: Used when Joe, as his millionaire persona, discusses jazz music with Sugar.
* TwistEnding: Which is probably ItWasHisSled. If not, this entry has given away too much
* UnusualEuphemism: You didn't think the mafia convention ''called'' itself a mafia convention?
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: While Jerry is a bumbling but well-meaning character, Joe comes across as a total sleazebag who is not above lying, theft and even cruelty to children just to get into Sugar's pants.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: ''Very'' loosely based on the Valentine's Day Massacre... ''very''.
* VillainousFashionSense: Chicago mob boss Spats is so nicknamed because he always wears them.
* WealthyYachtOwner: Joe seduces Sugar Kane by pretending to be a millionaire with a yacht anchored offshore. Fortunately Osgood, a real millionaire, is in love with Daphne (really Joe's friend Jerry DisguisedInDrag), so while he takes Daphne for a night on the town, Joe sneaks Sugar into Osborne's yacht and pretends it's his.
* WholesomeCrossdresser

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