Cinema: The New Pictures, Mar. 23, 1959

Some Like It Hot (Mirisch; United Artists), Marilyn Monroe's first picture in nearly two years, is a double-barreled period piece: it not only parodies the freewheeling, gangster-ridden '20s, but it recalls the pie-throwing farce of cinema's infant days.

Good old-fashioned pratfall that it is, it was not turned out without heartaches and headaches for Writer-Director-Producer Billy Wilder. It was made last fall, when Actress Monroe, believing herself pregnant, was reportedly more sulkily temperamental than usual, with Playwright-Husband Arthur Miller hovering solicitously on the edge of the set during much of the shooting. What's...