It’s got transvestites, two men living happily ever after and one of the most famous last lines of any film (‘Well, nobody’s perfect’). Billy Wilder’s 1959 comedy is still perfect all these years later. Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis star as musicians who flee the mob in Chicago disguised as women in an all-girl band. Curtis romances Sugar (Marilyn Monroe), the ukulele player, while pretending to be a millionaire. Lemmon is wined and dined by the genuine article, a dopey oil magnate. Monroe drove everyone nuts making the film, always late and often forgetting lines. But as Wilder put it: ‘If I wanted someone to be on time, to know the lines perfectly, I’ve got an old aunt in Vienna who’s going to be there at five in the morning and never miss a word. But who wants to see her?’
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I am not sure why this masterpiece movie is being shown at the time of writing this review- even in my local multiplex which ignores art and shows dross most of the time.
I confess to being old enough to have seen it first time round in the '60s and a few times since on VHS, DVD and video.
It hasn't dated one iota and the cast -all of whom could turn in some stinker performances at times - all hit the button to perfection. The jokes are still hilarious and even though it is said that Marilyn was a real pain during shooting, you would never think so. Curtis/Lemmon are wonderful foils in drag for each other.
Billy Wilder's greatest film and that's saying something.
If you haven't seen it on the big screen in sharp monochrome, please do so. If you are even vaguely humanoid, you won't regret it. Honestly!
It was really good and I laughed so hard. Seeing Marilyn is a comedy was weird at first but she did a good job as well.