"Some Like It Hot" will be the free movie Thursday at the new Trolley Square Cinemas, located on the south side of Trolley Square, in the series sponsored by the Deseret News and Cineplex Odeon Theaters.
The 1959 black-and-white comedy is one of Billy Wilder's most beloved films, and it also boasts one of Jack Lemmon's best performances. It was also the film that started film critics of the period to begin taking Marilyn Monroe's comic acting abilities seriously.Lemmon and Tony Curtis play Depression-era musicians who accidentally witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and are spotted by the mob. They run away and masquerade as women so they can hide out with an all-girl band headed for Miami. Unfortunately, the mobsters are going there as well.
In the band they meet lead singer Marilyn Monroe and both are immediately smitten - particularly Curtis, who puts on a Cary Grant voice and a wimpy persona to woo her. Lemmon, meanwhile, inadvertently takes up with a wealthy widower, played by Joe E. Brown. Thinking Lemmon is a woman, Brown wants to marry her/him - and after awhile Lemmon starts enjoying Brown's attention!
"Some Like It Hot" is a delicate gender-bender comedy that ranks up there with "Tootsie" as hilarious and thought-provoking at the same time, and it will be shown Thursday at 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7 and 9:15 p.m.
The other free films in this weeklong series are "The Wizard of Oz" (Friday), "Ben-Hur" (Saturday), "Singin' in the Rain" (Sunday), "The Sting" (Monday) and "Doctor Zhivago" (Tuesday).
Each movie will play only one day, but there will be several showings throughout that day. The screenings are free with an original ad for the series from the Deseret News (there is one in this section today). Simply present the ad at the box office for two free admissions - if you want to take more people, just collect more ads (no photocopies, please). You cannot purchase tickets to these films; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
The new Trolley Square Cinemas is a four-plex on the south side of Trolley Square, 602 E. SixthSouth. - Christopher Hicks.