Needs laughs? Billy Wilder's classic, Some Like It Hot, airs at 9p ET/6p PT on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) tonight. I can't even count how many times I have seen this movie. I've laughed out loud every time. It made me laugh when I was a kid and it got funnier the older I got. I remember the first times Some Like It Hot aired on network television. I laughed at the goofiness of it with two grown men in dresses. My parents laughed even harder. Now I know why they did. What a brilliant comedy screenplay!
In its way, Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot begat the 1980 ABC sitcom, Bosom Buddies, with Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari. Two young advertising men, desperate for an apartment, disguise themselves and live in a residence for women only.
After Bosom Buddies came Sydney Pollack's 1982 hit, Tootsie, starring Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange. It also owed a tip of the bonnet to Some Like It Hot.
Years later, after she herself had become a big Hollywood movie star, she does comedy scenes with Tony Curtis as a character doing an imitation of Cary Grant.
Billy Wilder was nominated for Best Director. He and I.A.L. Diamond were nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. The screenplay is over 50 years old, but it's timely.
There's a marriage proposal in Some Like It Hot. Concerned Joe says, "...and why would a guy want to marry a guy?"
The response is funny. Funny...and very true. Trust me on that. Viva Wilder!
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