Marilyn Puts Sugar in the Spotlight

Released 62 years ago in March 1959, Some Like It Hot remains ‘essential viewing’ – with Marilyn’s role as Sugar Kane among the highlights, as Clare Walsh writes for Cambridge Creatives.

“Monroe proves herself to be a game comedy partner as, capitalizing on her pre-existing image as a sex icon, her characterisation of Sugar Kane is knowingly ditzy and seductive. At several points she performs with her little ukulele in skin-tight, practically nude dresses, not necessarily faithful to the period, but certainly in keeping with [Billy] Wilder’s vision of it. One of the most disarming points in the film is her genuine heartbreak performing her final song ‘I’m Thru With Love‘. It is at this moment, her voice quivering, that the audience truly believes in hers and Joe’s romantic relationship.”