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Pop Culture 101: SOME LIKE IT HOT (19159)

At one point in Some Like It Hot, George Raft asks a coin-flipping thug where he picked up such a stupid trick. Raft had introduced the gimmick in the gangster film Scarface (1932).

Some Like It Hot inspired the Broadway musical, Sugar, directed by Gower Champion, music and lyrics by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill. It opened in April 1972 and ran for 505 performances.

In Ski Party (1965), one of several films in the popular Beach Party series for American International Pictures, Frankie Avalon and Dwayne Hickman masquerade as women so they can spy on their girlfriends during a ski lodge getaway. The two actors obviously studied Lemmon and Curtis in Some Like It Hot since many of their mannerisms and vocal inflections are very similar to the stars of Wilder's picture.

Although not directly related, there are enough similarities between Some Like It Hot and Tootsie (1982) to note the obvious influences the Wilder comedy had on the later film: an entertainer cross-dresses in order to get a job; a blonde performer treated like a sex object always falls for the wrong man; while disguised as a woman, a man learns what the object of his desire really wants in a man, and when he appears before her as a man he tries to use that information to win her; a man disguised as a woman ends up nervously sharing a bed with the sexy woman performing in the same show; a man becomes a more sensitive, caring person as a result of his cross-dressing experience.

by Rob Nixon