|Jack Lemmon with maracas Some Like It Hot 1959|
Screenplay Wilder & Diamond after a story by Lomax and Thereon
Last night we shared Some Like it Hot with Rissa for the first time. As soon as she saw the B&W hit the screen - she rolled her eyes.
"Is the whole movie like this?"
"Yes. Give it a chance."
Eye roll with accompanying sigh - subtext: "Why, oh why, do my parents keep showing me stuff that just isn't cool?"
She yawns her way through the first act, but then we're in to Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in drag - and this line from Jack Lemmon's Jerry as he watches Marilyn Monroe:
"Will you look at that! Look how she moves! It's like Jell-O on springs. Must have some sort of built-in motor or something. I tell you, it's a whole different sex."
And that gave us our first of many true snorts of laughter from our oh-so-disaffected 12 year old. Lemmon is irresisible as Daphne - watching him do the tango and then relive his romantic night with accompanying maracas is priceless. David and I barked laughter over Wilder and Diamond's dialogue - yes some is a little dated (remember this was 1959, and same-sex marriage was NOWHERE on the radar), but when Daphne/Jerry is trying to explain Josephine/Joe about her/his great night, Lemmon is PERFECTION!!
- Jerry: Have I got things to tell you!
- Joe: What happened?
- Jerry: I'm engaged.
- Joe: Congratulations. Who's the lucky girl?
- Jerry: I am!
- Joe: WHAT?!
- Jerry: Osgood proposed to me! We're planning a June wedding.
- Joe: What are you talking about? You can't marry Osgood.
- Jerry: Why, you think he's too old for me?
- Joe: Jerry, you can't be serious.
- Jerry: Why not? He keeps marrying girls all the time.
- Joe: But, you're not a girl! You're a guy, and, why would a guy wanna marry a guy?
- Jerry: For security! Look, I know there's a problem, Joe.
- Joe: I'll say there is.
- Jerry: His mother - we need her approval, but I'm not worried because I don't smoke.
- Joe: Jerry. There's another problem, like what are you gonna do on your honeymoon?
- Jerry: We've been discussing that. He wants to go to the Riviera but I'm kinda leaning toward Niagra Falls.
- Joe: My God.
- Jerry: I don't expect it to last Joe. I'll tell him when the time's right.
- Joe: Like when?
- Jerry: Like right after the ceremony. Then we get a quick annulment, he makes a nice little settlement on me and I keep getting those alimony checks every month.
- Joe: Jerry listen to me there are laws, conventions. It's just not been done.
- Jerry: Joe this may be my last chance to marry a millionaire.
- Joe: Oh, Jerry — Jerry, will you take my advice? Forget about the whole thing, will ya? Just keep telling yourself: you're a boy, you're a boy.
- Jerry: I'm a boy.
- Joe: That's the boy.
- Jerry: I'm a boy. I'm a boy. I wish I were dead. I'm a boy. Boy, oh boy, am I a boy. Now, what am I gonna do about my engagement present?
- Joe: What engagement present?
- Jerry: Osgood gave me a bracelet.
- Joe: [examining it] Hey, these are real diamonds!
- Jerry: Of course they're real! What do you think? My fiance is a bum?
- Rumour has it that the maracas were added after a test screening because the audience was laughing so hard the rest of the dialogue was getting lost.