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.
  • Gold Digger: He plans to marry Osgood and reveal his true identity immediately after in order to get alimony payments.
  • 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.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Joe.

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
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He genuinely feels bad for breaking Sugar's heart near the end. He even tells her that she deserves someone better than him.
  • Ladykiller in Love: He used to be a a sleaze who wasn't above lying, stealing, and taking money (among other things) from girls before ditching them. Originally, he just wanted to get Sugar into bed, but he ended up genuinely falling for her.
  • 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.
  • Mock Millionaire: Pretends to be the owner of Shell to attract Sugar (who earlier told "Josephine" that she wants to marry a millionaire).
  • 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.
  • Stoic Spectacles: He feigns disintrest in Sugar as "Junior" at first in order to make her more attracted to him.
  • 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

Sweet Sue

Played By: Joan Shawlee