SOME LIKE IT HOT costumes, dress, infoAfter almost three years on her Connecticut farm with her Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright husband Arthur Miller, Marilyn Monroe returned to Hollywood to make Some Like It Hot. Since her absence, thirty-year-old Marilyn has added additional curves which are very becoming.
Before going into production, director Billy Wilder exclaimed: "Although Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon have to dress as girls through most of the picture, there is no need to overdo it. I think the 'girls'--I mean boys--should wear medium-size 'busts.' After all, we do have Marilyn Monroe"
Disguised as girls in an all-girl orchestra --to escape from gin mill gangsters--Tony and Jack have jazzy getups. Tony's flapper era gown was acturally once worn in 1927 by silent star Laurra La Plante; Jack's number is also a 1927 gown, once worn by Connie Bennett.
The boys reported to make-upthree hours before shooting time; they had to be painted, padded, and have their shins shaved; also, their feet had to be strengthened for the high heels they had to wear. To do this, Tony balanced on Coke bottles while he slipped into his girdle. Jack did a little slipping of his own--he slipped his cigarettes, small change and car keys into his bra. Their attire was so convincing that when the boys went into the men's room--it almost caused a riot.
Orry-Kelly designed Marilyn's costumes. Hair stylist Sidney Guilaroff came over from MGM to create Marilyn's 1929 coiffures.
The blonde bombshell--who was pregnant at the time, but sadly lost the baby later--granted few interviews. She lamented, "Why do reporters ask if I'm happy, or unhappy? Making movies is just one part of my life. My ambition is to grow old gracefully like Marie Dressler, who was my idol."
George Raft, the all-time champion movie mobster, has never belted down anything stronger than milk; in this picture, he's mowed down in true gangland fashion by Edward G. Robinson, Jr. Junior, not as experienced as his famous father, accidentally touched his gun barrel and got burned.
Beloved sixty-six-year-old Joe E. Brown came out of retirement for two important reasons: to work with Marilyn, and to dance on the screen--both famous "firsts" in his long and lively career. THE END