Contradicting this film’s last line (one of the most famous of all time), in this picture “Everybody’s perfect.” Inspired by a 1935 French film, Billy Wilder and co-writer I.A.L. Diamond concocted an irresistibly funny story of two musicians (Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis) forced to dress as women after witnessing the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. They join an all-women’s band, where they meet Marilyn Monroe, a challenge to any straight man’s attempt to hide his masculine urges. As funny as the picture is, it also has a heart. Monroe’s character is silly and charming and always on the verge of having her heart broken. Her three songs— the high-spirited “Runnin’ Wild,” the playful “I Wanna Be Loved by You” and the heartbreaking “I’m Through with Love”—are like a musical autobiography. They’re easily her best musical moments on screen. As Lemmon’s love interest, Joe E. Brown shows why he was one of the top comic stars of the early 1930s.  (d. Billy Wilder, 120m, DCP)

In attendance: JEREMY ARNOLD