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SOME LIKE IT HOT
July 29, 2017  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

Today on The Essentials, Tony Curtis is being saluted, and the salute begins with 1959’s Some Like It Hot, which may be his ultimate acting showcase. After all, Curtis effectively plays three roles in this comedy, which has him and Jack Lemmon playing jazz musicians who witness a mob hit and go on the lam by impersonating members of a women’s orchestra. Another member of that orchestra is played by Marilyn Monroe, and Curtis also portrays a wealthy fop, adopting an obvious Cary Grant accent, aiming to woo her. And whether Curtis is playing a woman sax player, a guy on the run, or a tycoon on the make, Curtis is a riot.

 
 
 
 
 
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