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Characters: Some Like It Hot


Played By: Jack Lemmon

  • Becoming the Mask: He's genuinely thrilled at the prospect of marrying a millionaire...even if said millionaire is the same gender as he is.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Disguised in Drag: Hiding from the Mafia by pretending to be a female musician, as seen in the page image.
  • The Hero
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners / Those Two Guys: With Joe.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: 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 Osgood is completely unfazed by Jerry's real gender). On a side note, Joe and Jerry are Heterosexual Life-Partners, 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.

Joe/"Josephine"/"Shell Oil Junior"

Played By: Tony Curtis

  • Catch Phrase: "You don't say."
  • Disguised in Drag: Hiding from the Mafia by pretending to be a female musician, as seen in the page image.
  • Jerk Ass
  • Ladykiller in Love
  • The Lancer
  • 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 Stoic Spectacles.
  • Recursive Crossdressing: 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.
  • Same Language Dub: Tony Curtis struggled keeping a falsetto as Josephine, requiring Paul Frees to dub some of his dialogue.
  • Skewed Priorities: When the Mafia shows up at the hotel, he's more interested in saying goodbye to Sugar (and giving her their only source of money, a diamond bracelet, as a going-away present) than in getting the hell out of Dodge before they get murdered.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: He comes across as a total sleazebag who is not above lying, theft and even cruelty to children just to get into Sugar's pants.

"Sugar Kane"/Sugar Kowalczyk

Played By: Marilyn Monroe

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She's attracted to saxophonists who treat her like crap.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : She claims that everyone in the band drinks, but she gets in trouble for it most often. When a flask falls out of her dress at the end of the "Runnin' Wild" number, it takes a fib from "Daphne" to keep her from getting kicked off the train.
  • The Chanteuse
  • Dumb Blonde: She even shamelessly admits it to Joe/Josephine a few times.
  • 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'.
  • Gold Digger: She wants to marry a millionaire.
  • Hello, Nurse!
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Sugar doesn't seem to initially mind getting a full-on kiss from Josephine.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: Sugar's stage dresses. There's some transparent material holding it up to keep her from being Nipple and Dimed, but the opaque material only covers a minimal amount.
  • Ms. Fanservice: It's Marilyn Monroe, the original Sex Goddess, at her finest.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Sugar isn't quite as dumb as she acts.
  • Sexophone: Sugar's first appearance is accompanied by a sax solo. The character also has a thing for sax players.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Sugar's gown for "I Wanna Be Loved By You".
  • Sexy Walk: As Jerry comments: "Look how she moves. That's just like Jell-O on springs. She must have some sort of built-in motors."
  • Stage Name: It's a Punny Name, but at least it doesn't sound too Polish.

Osgood Fielding III

Played By: Joe E. Brown

Spats Columbo

Played By: George Raft

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