For, Sept. 6, 2013

It has been hailed as the best, funniest comedy of all time. I don't know if that's true but it certainly is a hysterical movie. "Some Like It Hot" is Billy Wilder's 1959 cross-dressing farce that teams Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe, and it remains classic comedy of the first rank.

Everyone knows Monroe, of course, and Lemmon managed to remain a star until his death 12 years ago. (Has it really been that long?) But Curtis' star fell as he aged and in his later years he appeared in an awful lot of trash that hardly anyone saw, so I'm not sure how well known he is among younger movie-watchers today. But in the 1950s and '60s, Curtis was a major heartthrob and an accomplished actor, starring in many major box-office hits.

"Some Like It Hot," has Curtis and Lemmon as musicians in 1929 Chicago where they inadvertently witness the St. Valentine's Massacre. When they are spotted by the killers, they disguise themselves as women, join an all-girl band, head for Florida and both become romantically interested in the band's singer, played by Monroe.

The black-and-white film is loaded with zippy one-liners and cleverly choreographed sight gags, and all three stars are at the peak of their powers.

"Some Like It Hot" will play at various Cinemark theaters — all over the country — on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m., and again on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 2 and 7 p.m.