Some Like it Hot

Some Like it Hot Literary Elements


Billy Wilder

Leading Actors/Actresses

Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis

Supporting Actors/Actresses

Joe E. Brown, George Raft


Musical, Comedy




Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture, Best Actress (Marilyn Monroe), Best Actor (Jack Lemmon) Academy Award Nominations: Best Director (Billy Wilder), Best Actor Leading Role (Jack Lemmon), Best Art Direction, Best Adapted Screenplay; Academy Awards: Best Costume Design

Date of Release



Billy Wilder

Setting and Context

Miami, Florida, 1958

Narrator and Point of View

There is no narrator, but most of the film is from either Jerry/Daphne's and/or Joe/Josephine's perspectives

Tone and Mood

Entertaining, conspiratorial, light-hearted, screwball, absurd, witty

Protagonist and Antagonist

Daphne and Josephine are the protagonists; Spats Columbo, Little Bonaparte and the other gangsters are the antagonists

Major Conflict

The first conflict is that Joe and Jerry are broke, and then the conflict becomes more complicated when they witness the St. Valentine's Day massacre. Spats Columbo is then looking for them and wants to kill them, which drives them to dress up as women.


The climax of the film occurs when Joe and Jerry escape from Little Bonaparte and run to meet Osgood on the docks, with Sugar following close behind.


When Nellie sends Joe and Jerry in to ask after the job in Florida and they discover that it's a job for women, this foreshadows the fact that they will eventually take the job and dress up in drag to elude the bandleader.


Sweet Sue thinks that there is something odd about Daphne and Josephine, which is an understatement because they are in fact not even the gender that they are pretending to be. Throughout, people curiously overlook their obviously masculine attributes and believe that they are women. The last line, Osgood saying, "Nobody's perfect," is disproportionate to the revelation that Jerry has just made—that he is a man.

Innovations in Filming or Lighting or Camera Techniques


The St. Valentine's Day Massacre is an allusion to the infamous mob hits contemporaneous to the setting of the movie. Other allusions include references to Bryn Mawr, Vassar, Freud, the George White Scandals, and the Milk Fund.


Sugar is looking for a quiet non-saxophone player, so her interest in "Junior" is paradoxical because he is, in fact, Joe, a saxophone player. Even though she didn't want to end up with a musician, she ends up loving Joe and staying with him.