CMBA Blogathon: Fabulous Films of the ’50s – Some Like it Hot (1959)

This post is part of the CMBA Fabulous Films of the ’50s Blogathon hosted by the Classic Movie Blog Association. You can find a list of participating blogs and read all the great posts by visiting the CMBA website.

Some Like it Hot (1959)My apologies in advance for this post being somewhat scattered, but a recent death in the family has had me feeling down and preoccupied, so I’m not quite at my best this week. For what it’s worth, following are just a few of my thoughts on the classic comedy Some Like it Hot (1959), a movie about two male jazz musicians who after witnessing a mob hit, disguise themselves as women to “hide out” by traveling the country with an all female jazz band. The movie stars Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe and was directed by Billy Wilder.

I’m not sure what it is about me and covering an almost universally loved classic comedy for a blogathon, but much like the time I wrote about Bringing Up Baby (1938) for a TCM Summer Under the Stars blogathon a few years ago, I feel like I need to hang my head in shame for not loving the movie Some Like It Hot (1959) as much as it seems I “should.”

It’s number one on the AFI’s list of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time and a favorite of just about every classic film fan I’ve ever heard mention it, so I was surprised when I realized about halfway through the movie that I probably wasn’t going to share the same sentiment.

I’m not at all saying that I didn’t like the movie because I did, I just didn’t connect with it in a way that would put it near the top of my favorites list. I swear, I really do have a great sense of humor, but just going off of AFI’s list, I much prefer the comedy of films like The Philadelphia Story (1940), It Happened One Night (1934) or His Girl Friday (1940).

Anyway, much like I did for Bringing Up Baby, I’m not going to focus on the negative here. What I will be doing is discussing a few random items related to the movie, and my apologies again, I do mean random. :-) Continue reading →

Getting to Know Actor Richard Widmark

Whenever I discover a new actor or actress that I really enjoy watching, I tend to subsequently watch several of their movies and research information about them while my newfound interest in them is still fresh. When I watched the movie Road House for the recent post I did for the Ida Lupino blogathon, I developed a fascination with Ida’s co-star in the movie, actor Richard Widmark. I have to admit that when he first came on the screen he didn’t make that much of an impression on me, but as the movie went on and he changed from a mild mannered night club owner to a crazy psychopath, I became mesmerized by him.

So naturally, I wanted to know more about him both as an actor and a person and view more of his work. I have since watched him in two additional movies, Kiss of Death (1947) in which he made his movie debut as the sadistic killer Tommy Udo and the 1952 thriller Don’t Bother to Knock, which co-starred a young Marilyn Monroe in one of her earlier film roles. Both are movies I’d recommend to fans of Widmark and Monroe. Continue reading →