Well, Nobody’s Perfect

Some Like it Hot is hot hot hot. But seriously, this is one of the best films from the 50’s. I’ve seen many cross-dressing related movies and Some like it Hot is among my top favorites. For those who don’t know, Some Like it Hot is the story of two male Jazz musicians. Tony Curtis is sax player Joe and Jack Lemmon is his partner on bass. Joe and Jerry witness a crime (the “Valentine’s Day Massacre” to be exact) and go into hiding by disguising themselves as women. So they join an all-female jazz band in an attempt to avoid detection. Until Joe decides to pose as a millionaire in order to woo their lovely lead singer Sugar. This was the first Marilyn Monroe movie I’ve seen so I definitely love it for that. She was a true “Blonde Bombshell” that was gone too soon. Meanwhile hapless sidekick Jerry uncomfortably wins the affections of real millionaire Osgood. Uncomfortable because he doesn’t realize she is actually a he. Some might find the humor dated, but it’s just as funny now as it was back then. The misunderstanding is hilarious. It leads to one of the most famous movie ending lines of all time, “Well, nobody’s perfect.” The scene is so good that it even works without context. As it seems like Osgood doesn’t care if Jerry isn’t blonde, smokes, can’t have kids, or is a man? Fun fact, the movie was intended to be in color. The reason they made it in black and white is because the male actors looked too ugly as women. Some Like it Hot was way ahead of its time.

Joe (left) and Jerry (right) perform with Sugar (center)

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