Some Like It Hot is a 1959 comedy film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. The film is based on the French movie Fanfares Of Love about musicians who dress in drag in order to hide from mafia gangsters whom they witnessed commit the St. Valentines Day Massacre. The film was produced in black and white despite color's increasing popularity, one reason for this being that the male stars' make up looked much more realistic in black and white. The movie studio also hired a famous female impersonator named Barbette to coach Curtis and Lemmon on gender illusion for the film.
The film was shot in California in the summer of 1958 and used the Hotel De Coronado in San Diego which was shown in the movie as the Seminole Ritz in Miami. There were also many problems with Marilyn Monroe's punctuality and concentration initially blamed on her addiction to pills but subsequently it was revealed that she had suffered a miscarriage just before filming started which affected her deeply. Billy Wilder said that despite the difficulties she played the part wonderfully.
Some Like It Hot received widespread critical acclaim and was voted number one comedy of all time by the American Film Institute, it's only negative reception coming from the Roman Catholic Church Legion Of Decency who rated it "unacceptable".