Part of the Classic Film Series, co-presented by the Farnsworth

The launching pad for Billy Wilder's comedy classic was a rusty old German farce, Fanfares of Love, whose two main characters were male musicians so desperate to get a job that they disguise themselves as women and play with an all-girl band in gangster-dominated 1929 Chicago.

In this version, musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) lose their jobs when a speakeasy owned by mob boss Spats Columbo (George Raft) is raided by prohibition agent Mulligan (Pat O'Brien). Several weeks later, on February 14th, Joe and Jerry get a job perfroming in Urbana and end up witnessing a gangland massacre in a parking garage. Fearing that they will be next on the mobsters' hit lists, Joe devises an ingenious plan for disguising their identities. Soon they are all dolled up and performing as Josephine and Daphne in Sweet Sue's all-girl orchestra.

En route to Florida by train with Sweet Sue's band, the boys (girls?) make the acquaintance of Sue's lead singer Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe, in what may be her best performance). Joe and Jerry immediately fall in love, though of course their new feminine identities prevent them from acting on their desires. Still, they are determined to woo her, and they enact an elaborate series of gender-bending ruses complicated by the fact that flirtatious millionaire Osgood Fielding (Joe E. Brown) has fallen in love with "Daphne." The plot gets even thicker when Spats Columbo and his boys show up in Florida.

Nominated for several Oscars, SOME LIKE IT HOT ended up the biggest moneymaking comedy up to 1959. Full of hilarious set pieces and movie in-jokes, it has not tarnished with time and in fact seems to get better with each passing year, as its cross-dressing humor keeps it only more and more up-to-date.

Directed by Billy Wilder

Starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon

USA | 1959 | NR | 120 min

This winter and spring, the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre co-present a classic film series.  Dark, romantic, epic, adventuresome, racy, and silly—come see it all on the big screen while watching some of the greatest films ever made. The series includes the 1944 classic DOUBLE INDEMNITY, cited as one of the most quintessential film noirs; the 1962 dramatic film LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, widely considered one of the greatest and most influential films; and the 1959 SOME LIKE IT HOT, one of the greatest comedy films of all time.

Show Dates & Times:

4/12/15 - Sunday

2:00 pm,

$7.50/General Admission. Farnsworth Members -- show your membership card and receive a free small popcorn!

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