But EW has 10 exclusive color photos from the making of Some Like it Hot to give fans of the classic a glimpse of what might have been.
The film’s iconic closing line “Nobody’s perfect” is ranked 78th on The Hollywood Reporter list of Hollywood’s 100 Favorite Movie Lines , but it was never supposed to be in the final cut. Diamond and Wilder put it in the script as a “placeholder” until they could come up with something better, but they never did.
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Tony Curtis apparently dug his saxophone so much he hauled it out for two movies. Curtis is far more widely renowned for his other prominent horn-blowing role, even though he does much of his sax playing in drag.
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Marilyn Monroe wanted the movie to be shot in color (her contract stipulated that all her films were to be in color), but Billy Wilder convinced her to let it be shot in black and white when costume tests revealed that the makeup that Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon wore gave their faces a green tinge.
Marilyn did all her own singing – every single word. There was never any question about ‘dubbing’ her voice. She wouldn’t have allowed it since it was unnecessary, and to her , it would have been a cop out. Another example of how hard she worked was when we were making Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
Some Like It Hot is so entrenched in its theme, the theme of reversal, that the movie itself keeps changing its costume, beginning—or so it seems—as a gangster picture before changing into a musical, then a comedy, then a romance.
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After witnessing a Mafia murder, slick saxophone player Joe (Tony Curtis) and his long-suffering buddy, Jerry (Jack Lemmon), improvise a quick plan to escape from Chicago with their lives. Disguising themselves as women, they join an all-female jazz band and hop a train bound for sunny Florida. While Joe pretends to be a millionaire to win the band’s sexy singer, Sugar (Marilyn Monroe), Jerry finds himself pursued by a real millionaire (Joe E. Brown) as things heat up and the mobsters close in.