He had the face and form for action, adventure and romance.
Paul Gilbert, the third sailor of the trio was also an actor who sang and danced.
That's Paul Gilbert in the middle with Carroll Baker to the far left.
He did a lot of TV work and adopted the little girl we came to know as TV actress Melissa Gilbert.
Tony Curtis famously dressed as a dame in Billy Wilder's 1959 classic, Some Like It Hot. Two Chicago musicians witness a gangland slaying in the 1920s. They dress as women to flee the gangsters and join an all-girl band on a train to Florida. Joe (Curtis) becomes "Josephine." Sex symbol Marilyn Monroe played the band singer, Sugar Kane. Curtis also did a brilliantly funny vocal send-up of Cary Grant when his lover boy musician pretends to be a bookworm millionaire bachelor called "Junior" and tries to get some Sugar. Tony Curtis masterfully played three characters in one comedy. Peter Sellers played three characters in one dark comedy, 1964's Dr. Strangelove. He got one of his Best Actor Oscar nominations for it. Tony Curtis didn't get an Oscar nomination for Some Like It Hot. But I feel he was worthy of one.
So This Is Paris movie has good songs with clever arrangements. One standard added to the film is given to the female lead, Gloria DeHaven. She plays a classy nightclub entertainer. She had a snappy dance routine to her rendition of "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" sung in French.
And just two years later, he'd take one giant step up the stardom ladder as the ambitious "cookie full of arsenic" New York City publicist named Sidney Falco in Sweet Smell of Success co-starring Burt Lancaster, followed by The Defiant Ones with Sidney Poitier and Spartacus with Kirk Douglas.
So This Is Paris needs to be on DVD so longtime Tony Curtis fans can discover his musical comedy talents -- talents that were rarely seen and rarely mentioned.
There was absolutely nobody like Tony Curtis. He was definitely a Hollywood star.