The Making of Some Like It Hot: My Memories of Marilyn Monroe and the Classic American Movie
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, styl...more
If you're interested in hearing what he says about Marilyn, it basically comes down to this. She was addicted to sleeping pills, alcohol, and was drinking vermouth on set. She was chronically late to sets, was practically incapable of performing short takes (though Jack Lemmon s ...more
Seriously: if you want to know everything about "Some like it hot", from the casting, writing and technical details (like the lightening of a specific scene or the costume design) to backstage gossip and the famous 81 takes of 'Where's that bourbon?' than this is the book you should read. It's not too long, well written, funny and insightful and just very interesting and entertaining for movie fans.
Tony Curtis likes to talk about himself, ...more
Curtis talks a bit about his personal life, his upbringing as the son of a Jewish tailor, his marriage to a bigger star (Janet Leigh), and his transition to stardom. Mostly, though, he talks about Some Like it Hot, the people in ...more
Curtis is a bit full of himself too, but at least he's willing to point out his failings and the knockbacks he received from others in the business. His curious one-night stand with Monroe is odd, but it was a mutual affair.
Apart from this it's intriguing to see how Bill ...more
At times it is uncertain what parts of Some Like It Hot: Me, Marilyn and the Movie are anecdotally taken from Curtis' memo ...more
While Curtis is always an entertaining read, his never-ending ego does grow tiresome after a while. He tries to sound humble, but can't help pondering that he was possibly "the handsomest" actor in Hollywood: "Some Like it Hot did a lot for my development as an actor. It was enough for me to be a handsome actor, maybe the handsomest in town. It wasn't enough to learn the lines and show up. Being around artists like Jack and Billy and Marilyn affected me. I ...more
Reading Tony Curtis’s accounts of the filming of such a great movie was fascinating. I learned a great deal about what went on behind the scenes (I will never be able to watch the scene where Marilyn Monroe says, “Where’s the bourbon?” in the same way again), why it was filmed in black and ...more
It has the usual ego and armchair psychology of most star bios, but it's still an interesting book. I look forward to watching the film again for the umpteenth time, this time with a bit more insight into the process and personalities involved in the filmmaking process. ...more
shatter your soul, suck you dry or make you immortal - like show business!
I found Curtis came across full of himself which got tiresome: referring to himself as “the hottest guy in town” for example. It wasn’t too long a book so was worthwhile reading, but doesn’t inspire me to read ...more
Overall it was an interesting read and made me want to watch the movie again t ...more
While a few things I took with a grain of salt (this is a Tony Curtis memoir after all), I found this a quick and fun read. Reinforced my admiration for Jack Lemmon and Billy Wilder, and sadly reconfirmed the darker side of Marilyn.
If you love the movie, time with this book will be enjoyable.
In October 2008, Curtis's autobiography American Prince: A Memoir, was published. In it, he ...more