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Some Like it Hot

The Official 50th Anniversary Companion

Laurence Maslon



ISBN: 9781862058644

Price: £25.00

Publication date: 7 September 2009

Category: Film & Celebrity

Voted the Number One movie on the American Film Institute’s List of 100 Funniest Movies, Some Like It Hot remains an undisguised movie classic, 50 years after its debut. Billy Wilder’s hilarious film skilfully blends several American preoccupations – jazz, gangsters, drag, and Marilyn Monroe – into one scintillating bootleg cocktail.

The Some Like It Hot Companion details the complete history of the comedy, from its roots as a 1951 German comedy to its Hollywood conception, where the superb Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Marilyn Monroe transposed the material to the Roaring Twenties. Included are drafts from the screenplay, casting trivia (the boys were almost Frank Sinatra and Danny Kaye), the background history of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and Prohibition-era Chicago, on-set production gossip, location shots from the fabled Hotel Coronado in San Diego (doubling for Miami), lyrics from the jazz-era songs in the film, the Broadway and West End musical versions (one of which starred Tony Curtis), and the on-going legacy of the most hilarious cross-gender film in history.

As the movie concludes, ‘Nobody’s perfect!’ but this companion to the beloved film will be the perfect addition to the library of anyone who loves comedy, jazz, American film – or Marilyn Monroe.


Laurence Maslon is an arts professor in the Graduate Acting Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has written several books about musical theater and popular culture, including The South Pacific CompanionThe Some Like It Hot Companion, and co-wrote (with Michael Kantor) the companion volume to the Emmy-Winning documentary Broadway: The American Musical. He is also the host of the weekly radio series “Broadway to Main Street” and the editor of American Musicals (1927–1969) for the Library of America.