This month for our Extra Milestone series, we’re discussing the classic Billy Wilder comedy Some Like It Hot, celebrating 60 years since its release on March 29,1959. Joining us is Sam Noland, our Movie of the Week columnist. In this discussion, we cover the background and legacy of the film, which stars Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Tony Curtis. Afterward, we dive into the plot of the film with clips and our own double entendres.
Tune in next month (April) for our next Extra Milestone: Seven Samurai (1954), which celebrates its 65th anniversary. We’ll be releasing that episode early for all of our Patreon supporters, so become a patron to get access to this and other perks!
Our intro music in this episode was composed by Howard Jackson and Louis Silvers. It’s from the opening scene of It Happened One Night, the first film we covered in this bonus series.
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I never even caught that Tony Curtis was doing a Cary Grant impression. I mean it makes perfect sense, especially for the time, but I guess part of me thought the connection was unintentional or subconcious. Either way, it’s perfect! Love that you guys picked this for extra milestone.
I’m a terrible person who normally doesn’t find black and white comedies as funny as the modern color stuff (I don’t even care for Duck Soup much). But boy do I laugh a ton at Some Like it Hot. Easily one of the best comedies of all time, and the decision to make it black and white only adds to the comedy in my opinion. It sustains the illusion, sure, but it also keeps the film from being so colorful it’s over the top and silly. More comedies would be better served with more muted color palettes that aren’t so desperate to “prove” they’re lighthearted. The dialogue should be what sells this.
I’m glad you guys are sticking with older films for extra milestone. I had a feeling you were going to go for The Matrix or something similar when you first announced this and as much as I love that movie, it’s been talked about enough by just about everyone. I’m excited about Seven Samurai and some of the “summer movies” you all might pick. If I had to decide, I think 80s are probably the latest you can reasonably deem something a “classic.” Not sure what you all think…
I’m so ready for SEVEN SAMURAI
Well. No review’s perfect.