Some Like It Hot" (1959).
Directed by the great Billy Wilder and co-written with his frequent partner I.A.L. Diamond, "Some Like It Hot" stars Curtis in probably his most famous role ever. Starring with him in this comedy classic are Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe. Curtis and Lemmon play two musicians who witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago so they disguise themselves as women to escape to Florida with an all-girls jazz band. Monroe is, of course, a member of the band, and as Curtis falls for her, their lives get more and more complicated and mixed up.
At the time of "Some Like It Hot," Curtis was riding on the success of some of his best dramatic roles - "Sweet Smell of Success" (1957) with Burt Lancaster and "The Defiant Ones" (1958) with Sidney Poitier. However, 1959 marked his true jump into comedy, with "Hot" and "Operation Petticoat" with Cary Grant (his idol from childhood, and the voice he imitated for the millionaire in "Some Like It Hot"). Like so many classic stories of Hollywood then, Curtis was born Bernie Schwartz, a name Hollywood said was too Jewish, so he chose Tony Curtis instead. He grew up a poor Brooklyn kid who loved going to the movie theater, especially to see his favorite actor, Grant. So when Curtis suggested imitating Grant for the millionaire he pretends to be in order to seduce Monroe in "Hot," Wilder loved the idea. Of course, later when Grant saw "Hot," he said, "I don't talk like that."
"Some Like It Hot" is a masterpiece, and if you're a true movie fan and haven't seen this film yet, you must see it soon, especially in memory of the late, great Tony Curtis. Have a wonderful week, everyone! I'll be back Friday with some more Curtis gems as TCM honors him with a 24-hour marathon this Sunday.