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Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis in ‘Some Like It Hot’

Tony Curtis (left) and Marilyn Monroe are both dressed as women in the 1959 comedy Some Like It Hot. Directed by Billy Wilder, the film told the improbable story of two musicians (Curtis and Jack Lemmon) who dress as women and join an all-female band to escape the murderous mobsters who are after them. Tony Curtis did his Tony Curtis thing, and Jack Lemmon did *his* thing, mugging furiously throughout in both male and female incarnations. Monroe was super-appealing as Sugar Kane, a ukulele player and lead singer for the band. The film, which can seem somewhat dopey to the modern eye, was a smash hit in its day. In 2000 it was named as the top comedy film *of all time* by the American Film Institute on its list "100 Years...100 Laughs." Well, maybe.

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