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Some Like It WilderThe Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder$
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Gene D. Phillips

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125701

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125701.001.0001

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The Gang’s All Here

The Gang’s All Here

Some Like it Hot

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Some Like It Wilder


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Walter Mirisch apprised Billy Wilder of the company's plans to produce its own pictures and to continue its working relationship with Wilder. He agreed to make his next picture, Some Like It Hot, for the Mirisch Company. I. A. L. Diamond and Wilder got the idea for Some Like It Hot from an earlier German film, Fanfaren der Liebe [Fanfares of Love, 1932], which was set in Bavaria. It was about two starving musicians who don a number of disguises to get work; for example, they wear blackface to join an all-black jazz band. Wilder discarded the English title Fanfares of Love and replaced it with Some Like It Hot at Diamond's suggestion. Some Like It Hot was a sensation at the box office as well as a critical triumph. It remains one of the Wilder films that moviegoers recall most fondly. Some critics write it off as a mere crowd pleaser.

Keywords:   Some Like It Hot, Billy Wilder, Walter Mirisch, I. A. L. Diamond, Fanfares of Love

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