->''"Well, nobody's perfect."''
-->-- '''Osgood Fielding III'''

A classic 1959 comedy film directed by Creator/BillyWilder, who also wrote the screenplay along with frequent collaborator I. A. L. Diamond.

UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, [[TheRoaringTwenties 1929]]: Joe (Creator/TonyCurtis) and Jerry (Creator/JackLemmon) are down-on-their-luck jazz musicians who become accidental witnesses to a shooting similar to the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Unfortunately, being known to be a witness to a massacre is [[LeaveNoWitnesses something the mob will kill people over]], and Joe and Jerry have been spotted, so they need to get out of Chicago fast.

It so happens that an all-girl band which is leaving town by train has openings for a bass player and a tenor saxophonist. This does mean that Joe and Jerry will have to [[DisguisedInDrag pretend to be women]], but they consider this better than dying. Donning makeup, wigs and dresses, 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 (Creator/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 UsefulNotes/{{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 Jerry is starting to like it for more than the presents... which is unfortunate, since he's still a guy biologically. The coup de grâce comes when Joe and Jerry learn that the hotel is booked for a [[TheMafia friends of Italian opera]] convention... attended by "Spats" Colombo (George Raft) and his gang, the very mobsters they fled Chicago to escape.

Adapted as a stage {{musical}}, ''Sugar'', in 1972. This was revived 20 years later as ''Some Like It Hot: The Musical'', with Tony Curtis (this time playing Osgood) headlining the cast.

'''Character tropes go on to the [[Characters/SomeLikeItHot Characters Sheet]].'''

!!This film provides examples of:

%%* AbhorrentAdmirer: see the movie's character sheet
* 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.
* 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.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Sugar (blonde), "Josephine" (brunette), and "Daphne", who the production shots show to be [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/e1/ee/fe/e1eefed5badebee4a82499d5fa1e1428.jpg 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.
* ChaseScene: Two chase scenes unfold at the hotel.
* 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?
* ContrivedCoincidence: Spats, a Chicago-based mobster, has to attend a meeting in Miami at the same hotel Joe and Jerry hide out from him and his mooks.
* CoolBoat: Osgood's yacht is pretty snazzy. His speedboat is no slouch either. Something like that from the late-1920s would have been powered by a liquid-cooled V-12 ''aircraft engine''.
* DanceOfRomance: Jerry/Daphne goes from hating Osgood, to wanting to marry him, after they enjoy a night-long tango together.
* DelayedReaction: Performed twice by Jerry-as-Daphne.
** At the beach when he glances at Joe in his millionaire costume, he walks away only to stop in his tracks and return to have a closer look.
** When he stashes away Osgood's wristband case, he stops after a second and reopens it to notice that the wristband is gone.
* 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.
* DisguisedInDrag
-->'''Sweet Sue''': Are you two from the Poliakoff Agency?\\
'''"Josephine"''': Yes, we're the new girls.\\
'''"Daphne"''': Brand new!
* DistractedByTheSexy: When the band is rehearsing, Jerry gets so distracted watching Sugar shake her hips as she sings that it takes him a while to notice that he accidentally spun his bass around 180 degrees and has spent the last several bars enthusiastically playing on the bare wooden back.
* FamousLastWords: "Big joke." [[spoiler: Spats, after being machine-gunned.]]
* FanService: Just about every scene with Sugar, but her final singing number will raise ''anyone'''s temperature.
* FeetFirstIntroduction: When Spats walks into the scene, the first things we see are his trademark spats on his shoes.
* {{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:
** It's a movie about two guys dressed in drag and falling in love with Marilyn Monroe. There's bound to be plenty of this.
** Literally in the case of Joe's line [[ThisIsGonnaSuck "Something tells me the omelette is about to hit the fan."]]
* TheGlassesComeOff: Justified. Joe has to take his glasses off when he is with Sugar on the yacht as they start to fog up.
* GreaterScopeVillain: Little Bonaparte.
* HasTwoMommies: The second-to-last reason the movie shows Daphne giving Osgood for trying to turn down his marriage proposal concerns Daphne's inability to have children. Osgood reminds Daphne that they could adopt some.
* HeelRealization: Joe has one after hearing Sugar sing "I'm Through With Love".
* HeKnowsTooMuch: Joe and Jerry are on the run from Spats and his mooks because they witnessed how the mobsters murdered Toothpick Charlie and his gang.
%%* HelloNurse: Guess.
%%* HilarityEnsues
* HistoricalInJoke: Joe makes a flurry of them (the last item didn't happen until 2008, making this even more HilariousInHindsight):
-->"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 Creator/DouglasFairbanks? Suppose the Dodgers leave Brooklyn? Suppose Lake Michigan overflows?"
* 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.
-->'''Osgood:''' I called Mama. She was so happy she cried! She wants you to have her wedding gown - it's white lace.\\
'''"Daphne":''' Yeah, Osgood... I can't get married in your mother's dress. ''[forced laugh]'' That... she and I, we're not built the same way.\\
'''Osgood:''' We can have it altered.\\
'''"Daphne":''' Oh no you don't! Osgood, I'm gonna level with you, we can't get married at all.\\
'''Osgood:''' Why not?\\
'''"Daphne":''' ''[gestures to "her" hair]'' Well, in the first place, I'm not a natural blonde.\\
'''Osgood:''' Doesn't matter.\\
'''"Daphne":''' I smoke - I smoke all the time!\\
'''Osgood:''' I don't care.\\
'''"Daphne":''' ''[glances back at Joe]'' Well, I have a terrible past. For three years now, I've been living with a saxophone player!\\
'''Osgood:''' I forgive you.\\
'''"Daphne":''' ''[melodramatically]'' I can never have children!\\
'''Osgood:''' We can adopt some.\\
'''"Daphne"/Jerry:''' But you don't understand, Osgood! ''[pulls off his wig and speaks in his normal, masculine voice]'' I'M A MAN!\\
'''Osgood:''' [[spoiler:''[completely unperturbed and still very much in love]'' Well, nobody's perfect. ''[Jerry is flabbergasted]'']]
* HypocriticalHumor: Lots of it.
* 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.
* InadvertentEntranceCue: Towards the end, the bellhop enters the room when the scene calls for his AbhorrentAdmirer character:
-->'''Sugar''': Well, Daphne has a beau, I have a beau... if we could only find somebody for you [Josephine].\\
''(cue the door springing open)''\\
'''Bellhop:''' Here I am, doll.
* InLoveWithLove: Osgood's world-view, which is why he falls hard for "Daphne" even AFTER TheReveal.
* 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."
* IronicNickname: Despite Sweet Sue having the word, "sweet" in her StageName, she expresses a pretty bad temper when someone from the band breaks one of her rules.
* 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 Creator/CaryGrant impression.
*** A bit of a mistake - Cary Grant's accent, due to his mixed British/American upbringing, was a "natural" version of the affected [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-Atlantic_accent Mid-Atlantic accent]] that was popular in the US up until WWII. Though the height of its popularity was in the 30's and 40's, it was not uncommon in 1929 and earlier, and no one at that time would have found it unusual.
* 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: Jack Lemmon had a fairly high voice already, and was able to do a decent tongue-in-cheek female voice while not having to adjust his natural voice very much. Tony Curtis on the other hand had to rely on a professional voice actor (Paul Frees) to dub his female voice.
* LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub: The Friends of Italian Opera.
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: Joe as "Junior" claims that he has been unable to perform since his wife's death. This is a ploy to seduce Sugar who subsequently tries to "cure" him.
* TheMafia
* MeaningfulEcho:
** "You too, Spats. UP!"
** "Toothpick Charlie? Never heard of him!"
* 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).
* MistakenForGay: Sweet Sue witnesses what appears to be LesYay when "Josephine" kisses Sugar onstage.
* MuggedForDisguise: At the hotel when Joe and Jerry need a disguise, they follow a man in his wheelchair and his assistant into a room and emerge quickly afterward in their clothes and vehicle.
* NotTheirBirthday: Spats starts to become suspicious when the Friends of Italian Opera throw him a birthday party four months before his actual birthday. [[spoiler:For good reason, as there's a gunman hiding in the cake]].
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Sugar isn't ''quite'' as dumb as she acts; neither is Osgood.
* OhCrap: When "Daphne" sees Spats and his gang checking into the hotel via his makeup mirror.
%%* OldFashionedRowboatDate: Spoofed, due to the twists already happening in the plot, like DisguisedInDrag. - ZCE, when does this happen?
* OrphanedPunchline: "So the one-legged jockey says, 'Don't worry about me, baby, I ride ''sidesaddle''!!' ", although the very beginning of the joke ("Have you heard the one about the girl tuba player who was stranded on a desert island with a one-legged jockey?") 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.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Jerry gives one to "Junior" for impersonating a millionaire in order to seduce Sugar.
* 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.
* {{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 Creator/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's playing with a coin, "Where did 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 Creator/JamesCagney mashes a grapefruit in Creator/MaeClarke's face.
*** The leading mafia boss is nicknamed "Little Bonaparte", a nod to Creator/EdwardGRobinson's character from the gangster film ''Film/LittleCaesar'' (1931).
* ShrugTake: Osgood, in the final scene after the MilhollandRelationshipMoment.
* SobriquetSexSwitch: Played straight with Joe as Josephine. [[DefiedTrope Defied]] by Jerry, who rejects Joe's suggestion of Geraldine and goes by Daphne instead.
* [[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.
-->'''Joe:''' "Syncopators" -- does that mean you play that fast music? Jazz?
-->'''Sugar:''' Yeah. Real hot!
-->'''Joe:''' Oh. Well, I guess some like it hot. But I prefer classical music.
* TwistEnding: Which is probably ItWasHisSled. If not, this entry has given away too much
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: ''Very'' loosely based on the Valentine's Day Massacre... ''very''.
* YouCantMakeAnOmelette: Joe says this at one point, when Jerry expresses qualms about their deceptions.
-->'''Jerry:''' (seeing Spats and his gang in the hotel lobby) Joe... something tells me the omelette is about to hit the fan.