Billy Wilder

Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot

One of the most beloved films of all time, this sizzling masterpiece by Billy Wilder set a new standard for Hollywood comedy. After witnessing a mob hit, Chicago musicians Joe and Jerry (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, in landmark performances) skip town by donning drag and joining an all-female band en route to Miami. The charm of the group’s singer, Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe, at the height of her bombshell powers) leads them ever further into extravagant lies, as Joe assumes the persona of a millionaire to woo her and Jerry’s female alter ego winds up engaged to a tycoon. With a whip-smart script by Wilder and I. A. L. Diamond, and sparking chemistry among its finely tuned cast, Some Like It Hot is as deliriously funny and fresh today as it was when it first knocked audiences out six decades ago.

Film Info

  • Billy Wilder
  • United States
  • 1959
  • 121 minutes
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #950

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 1989 featuring film scholar Howard Suber
  • New short program on Orry-Kelly’s costumes for the film, featuring costume designer and historian Deborah Nadoolman Landis and costume historian and archivist Larry McQueen
  • Three behind-the-scenes documentaries
  • Appearances by director Billy Wilder on The Dick Cavett Show from 1982
  • Conversation from 2001 between actor Tony Curtis and film critic Leonard Maltin
  • French television interview from 1988 with actor Jack Lemmon
  • Radio interview from 1955 with actor Marilyn Monroe
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by author Sam Wasson

New cover by F. Ron Miller

Purchase Options

Released Nov 20, 2018

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 1989 featuring film scholar Howard Suber
  • New short program on Orry-Kelly’s costumes for the film, featuring costume designer and historian Deborah Nadoolman Landis and costume historian and archivist Larry McQueen
  • Three behind-the-scenes documentaries
  • Appearances by director Billy Wilder on The Dick Cavett Show from 1982
  • Conversation from 2001 between actor Tony Curtis and film critic Leonard Maltin
  • French television interview from 1988 with actor Jack Lemmon
  • Radio interview from 1955 with actor Marilyn Monroe
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by author Sam Wasson

New cover by F. Ron Miller

Some Like It Hot
Cast
Marilyn Monroe
Sugar “Kane” Kowalczyk
Tony Curtis
Joe/Josephine
Jack Lemmon
Jerry/Daphne
George Raft
Spats Columbo
Pat O’Brien
Detective Mulligan
Joe E. Brown
Osgood Fielding III
Nehemiah Persoff
Little Bonaparte
Joan Shawlee
Sweet Sue
Dave Barry
Mr. Bienstock
Billy Gray
Sig Poliakoff
Credits
Director
Billy Wilder
Produced by
Billy Wilder
Screenplay by
Billy Wilder
Screenplay by
I. A. L. Diamond
Suggested by a story by
Robert Thoeren
Suggested by a story by
Michael Logan
Director of photography
Charles Lang Jr.
Associate producer
Doane Harrison
Associate producer
I. A. L. Diamond
Costumes
Orry-Kelly
Background score
Adolph Deutsch
Songs supervised by
Matty Malneck
Film editor
Arthur P. Schmidt

From The Current

Behind Marilyn Monroe’s “Period-ish” Look in Some Like It Hot
Behind Marilyn Monroe’s “Period-ish” Look in Some Like It Hot

A costume designer can make characters come alive. In this new interview, two historians explore how Orry-Kelly’s gowns helped Marilyn Monroe embody one of her finest roles.

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Some Like It Hot: How to Have Fun
Some Like It Hot: How to Have Fun

Billy Wilder proves himself one of cinema’s greatest pleasure seekers in this irresistible confection, a landmark of Hollywood comedy.

By Sam Wasson

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