After last week’s blow from Mother Nature, the Rohs Opera House and the Cynthiana Arts Council are offering a classic movie treat titled, ironically, “Some Like It Hot.” Starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and the legendary Marilyn Monroe, this black and white film was voted the number one American comedy of all time by the American Film Institute. “Some Like It Hot” has lost none of its appeal in the half century since it premiered in 1959.
Made near the demise of the famed Production Code that had hobbled Hollywood studios for so long, “Some Like It Hot” is a ribald, gender-bending romp that never slows down. The film begins with two struggling jazz musicians, Joe and Jerry (Curtis and Lemmon) who have the misfortune of witnessing the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Finding themselves on the mob’s hit list, Joe and Jerry must disappear pronto.
Their only immediate escape route is to don dresses, change their names to Josephine and Daphne, and join Sweet Sue and her all-girl Society Syncopators on a train bound for a gig in Miami. From their first sight of the band’s singer, Sugar Kane Kowalcsyk (Monroe), Jerry/Josephine and Joe/Daphne are completely smitten. Compelled to cross-dress in order to save their lives, however, all they can do is befriend Sugar until Joe ups the ante. Channeling Cary Grant, Joe masquerades as the wealthy heir to Shell Oil in an attempt to woo Sugar. Things just get crazier from there.
Join us on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. for this hilarious comedy that once found itself banned for being “too disturbing for Kansas.”