The Making of Some Like It Hot

The Making of Some Like It Hot

My Memories of Marilyn Monroe and the Classic American Movie

Book - 2009
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A Special Memoir for a Special Moment in Hollywood History . . .

Some Like It Hot occupies a unique place in American culture. This beloved classic showcases five comic geniuses: Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, I. A. L. Diamond, Billy Wilder, and Marilyn Monroe. It has been honored by the American Film Institute as the ""Funniest Film of All Time"". It has contributed quotes, styles, and stories to film lore. Yet the full story of its making has never been told--until now.

Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2009.
ISBN: 9780470537213
Characteristics: viii, 232 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Vieira, Mark A. 1950-


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Jul 15, 2018

A year before his death in 2010 - (actor) Tony Curtis (aka. Bernard Schwartz), 84 at the time, wrote this decidedly malicious "tell-all" book "The Making of Some Like It Hot".

Since all others who were involved in this 1959 film were now long dead - There was nobody around that could dispute the stories Curtis told here (and it's lucky for him that there wasn't anyone around to argue the contents of this book).

What became very obvious (even in the early stages of Curtis's recollections here) was his overall disapproval of actress, Marilyn Monroe.

And, with that - It became very clear to me that the whole point of this book was that it offered Curtis a deceptive, little ruse to bad-mouth Monroe (as though his questionable behavior was somehow above reproach).

Anyway - Other than the numerous stills included here - I found this book to be nothing but a great, big bore.

Jul 01, 2013

If you're a fan of the film, you'll probably love this book. But for fans of Marilyn Monroe, you might have a difficult time stomaching what Tony Curtis has to say about her. He mostly reiterates the point that by this time she was depressed, insecure, overweight, and doing drugs and drinking alcohol on set. Personally, I think he gives little credit to Marilyn towards the end of the book where he lists the people who were nominated or won an academy award. I find it really hard to believe he was unaware of Marilyn winning a Golden Globe for her performance. But I suppose that was quite a long time ago.____ By the time this book has been released, Jack Lemmon, Billy Wilder, Arthur Miller, and of course, Marilyn Monroe, are all dead. So that leaves us to assume that he's telling the truth about the affair between him and Marilyn. Perhaps this was released after the fact in respect to those involved. Still, it seems a bit underhanded.


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