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  • Writer's pictureTony Elvin

Some Like it Hot with Cocktails

Thank you so much to everyone that joined us for our screening of 'Some Like it Hot with Cocktails' at The Electric Cinema on Saturday night as part of the Flatpack Film Festival. We hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did, and how good was it to be back at The Electric!?

Read on for details on all the cocktails from the evening, our gallery of photos, and a bunch of trivia.

As promised, these are the cocktails we enjoyed and how to make them ...

Some Like it Hot-tails

Chicago -

Our twist on a Chicago, which is a twist on the classic Champagne Cocktail.

Also, the movie starts in Chicago .. perfect!

75 ml Sparkling wine

12.5 ml Triple Sec

12.5 ml Soberano 5 yo Brandy

2 dashes of Angostura Bitters

1 Brown Sugar Cube

Place the cube of sugar into a flute glass, and add two dashes of bitters onto the cube. Then mix together the Triple Sec and Brandy before adding them to the glass. Finally, top up with your Sparkling Wine.

Manhattan Spritz -

Turning the classic Manhattan into a longer, more refreshing drink

20 ml Bourbon (we used Jim Beam)

20 ml Sweet Red Vermouth (we used Martini Rosso)

12 ml Sugar Syrup

10 ml Triple Sec

10 ml Tonic Water

8 ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice

Stir the Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Triple Sec, Lemon Juice and Sugar Syrup over ice. Top up with the Tonic Water and add a slice of lemon to garnish.

Key Lime Pie Martini -

We made this one up because it's from Florida, where the band go off to play

12 ml Vodka (we used Absolut)

12 ml Triple Sec

40 ml freshly squeezed Lime Juice

16 ml Condensed Milk

Digestive Biscuit (garnish)

Shake ingredients vigorously over ice, add the Condensed Milk last or it will turn into a cold sticky milk sludge. Strain into a martini glass and sprinkle crushed Digestive Biscuit across the top.


Some Like it Hot Trivia

Some highlights from our movie trivia ...

1. When Wilder originally conceived the idea with co-screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond, he originally hoped to cast Frank Sinatra as Jerry/Daphne, the role that went to Jack Lemmon, and Mitzi Gaynor as Sugar, eventually played by Marilyn Monroe. Sinatra apparently lost out on the role after missing a lunch date with Wilder.

2. Al Capone was an inspiration and obvious point of reference for the character of Spats Colombo, the gangster on Joe and Jerry’s heels. Capone gunned down rival gang members in the 1929 Saint Valentine's Day massacre, an incident that is strikingly similar to the events in the film.

3. Monroe’s contract stipulated that all of her films were shot in color, but Wilder convinced her that black and white would be better for “Some Like It Hot” after seeing color screen tests that made Lemmon and Tony Curtis look green and ghastly when in their drag make-up.

4. In order to get comfortable in their costumes, Curtis and Lemmon walked around Goldwyn Studios dressed as women to see how long it would take for them to get noticed. A scene on the train where the duo applies make-up echoes an experience where they used a public mirror and none of the surrounding women complained, convincing them they could fool, or even just pass for women.

5. Curtis and Lemmon hired a male cabaret dancer named Barbette to teach them how to walk in heels. But after a week, Lemmon declined his help after realizing that he wanted to look like a man trying to walk like a woman rather than simply walking like a woman.

6. Curtis proposed that he talk like Cary Grant when playing the “millionaire” role, and Wilder agreed. The results are self-evident in the film, but Grant objected. When he saw the film and Curtis’ impression, he joked, "I don't talk like that."

7. Despite his best efforts, Curtis was unable to maintain the falsetto needed to play Josephine for an extended period of time. As a result, Wilder ended up combining some elements of Curtis’ performance with dubbing by actor Paul Frees to give it the consistency that the film needed.

8. Marilyn Monroe’s problems remembering her lines have grown to epic proportions because she was suffering from alcohol and drug addiction. She apparently required 47 takes to correctly say, “It’s me, Sugar.” In another scene where she asks, “Where’s the whiskey?” Wilder allegedly pasted the dialogue in the bottom of each drawer so she couldn’t miss it. (It still supposedly took 59 tries.)

9. The now-famous closing line, "Nobody's perfect," was originally conceived as a stand-in for whatever Wilder and Diamond could come up with later - which eventually turned out to be nothing. Wilder later wrote his own epitaph inspired by a similar line: "I'm a writer, but then nobody's perfect."

10. Produced outside the Motion Picture Production Code, the film’s story plays not only with the idea of cross-dressing but homosexuality. As a result, the film was banned from being shown in Kansas, and the Roman Catholic Church legion of Decency rated it “Morally Objectionable in Part for All.”

11. 49 years after the release of the movie, a California man found a little black dress in his closet and was shocked to discover that Monroe was once sewn into it for the film. Appraisers for “Antiques Roadshow” determined that the eventual value of the hand-me-down was an estimated $250,000.

12. The first test screening went so badly, they had walkouts. The Studio offered various scenes to reshoot – Wilder refused, said it was a helluva movie and they must’ve shown it in the wrong district. On it's second showing in Westwood LA it got standing ovation so they changed nothing.

13. Curtis was asked why he was more laid back and demure as a woman than Lemmon. He said when Lemon went out like a 20 cent tart they couldn’t both do it so had to underplay the role to compliment Lemmon's performance.

14. Lemmon and Curtis, like us, took their costumes very seriously, they wanted theirs made by Orry-Kelly like Marilyn. Orry-Kelly measured Lemmon in his room, then next door to Curtis and then Monroe. He told Monrose that Curtis had a better ass. Furious, she opened her blouse and said does he have t*ts like these!?

15. American Film Institute ranked this movie no.1 in 100 comedies, Wilder disagreed ‘good but not the best’.

16. You heard the line Some Like it Hot on the beach but in USSR it probably had a more fitting name, it was called 'Only girls are Allowed in Jazz'. More fitting but not better.

17. Monroe was pregnant during the movie and for publicity photos her head was superimposed on to a band member’s body.

Thank you!

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Tony and the Wine Events Co Crew

Credit to IMDB, Classic Movie Hub and Mental Floss for trivia taken from their Some Like it Hot trivia articles. And also photo credits to Victoria Osgood, Brogan, Bournville Bab, Caramel Latte Kiss (George the birthday girl) and Tom Jones. Thank you!!


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