The year before
, Billy Wilder was in the comic form of his life when he directed this 1959 gem about two musicians (Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon) who dress in drag and join an all-girl band to escape the mob. Marilyn Monroe is like a breath of sweet-scented air as Sugar Kane, the ukulele player Curtis is soon lusting after.
But it’s the precision-tooled plot fashioned by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond that holds it together, creating the perfect farcical playground. Brilliant performances, wondrous comic timing and the greatest pay-off line ever written: this one’s still red hot.
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