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Some Like It Hot (1959)

Some Like It Hot (1959)Watch the trailer!

It's a milestone we never thought we'd achieve when we started our podcast, but here it is: Our 300th episode! And to celebrate, we're focusing on a famous hollywood director and a listener suggestion both! Bennett Oberfeld gave us the suggestions back in December of 2022 that we look at the films of acclaimed director Billy Wilder, specifically the two we chose for our 300th and 301st episodes! We start with a film about two down-on-their-luck jazz musicians who witness a gangland massacre and hide out by pretending to be women in an all-female jazz band in 1959's "Some Like It Hot!" The film stars Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon as Joe and Jerry, tenor sax and upright bass, who join Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopators, an women-only jazz band and head to Florida, just one step ahead of the mob! Along the way, they meet Sugar Kane Kowalczyk, the band's vocalist (Marilyn Monroe). Joe becomes enamored with Sugar, and moonlights (literally) as a young millionaire to try to win her heart (amongst other things). Jerry, as Daphne, becomes the object of an older millionaire, Osgood Fielding III's (Joe E. Brown) affections, and he pursues "her" with vigor and passion. As with most films of this era, there's a generally happy ending all around! The film was nominated for six academy awards, and won one for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White!

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Oscar (1991)

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Finishing our two-week review of gangster comedies, we turn to a 1991 film that was Sylvester Stallone's first foray into a non-action comedy, with the period farce, "Oscar!" Based on the stage play of the same name by Claude Magnier, and directed by none other than John Landis, the film star Stallone as Snaps Provolone, a successful gangster who promised his dying father (Kirk Douglas), on his deathbed, that he would give up crime and become respectable. The film spans only a single day, but so much happens during that day! Snaps is awoken by his "butler" Aldo (Peter Riergert, who steals every scene he's in) to meet with his accountant Anthony Rossano (Vincent Spano) who admits to being in love with Snap's daughter, and also of embezzling thousands of dollars. This is the day Snaps is planning on meeting with a local bank to become a member. He's also getting fitted for a new suit by the famous Finucci brothers (Martin Ferrero and Harry Shearer). Along the way, he has to deal with his daughter Lisa (Marisa Tomei), his "other daughter" Theresa (Elizabeth Barondes), his wife Sofia (Ornella Muti), his linguistics instructor, Dr. Poole (Tim Curry), and his emotional bodyguard Connie (Chaz Palminteri). Add to that a rival crime family, an insolent maid, the police, and the press, and you have a true comedic farce! Plus, it's finally here: The trio reveal which two films have been selected for their 300th and 301st episodes!

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Johnny Dangerously (1984)

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Starting our two-week look at gangster comedies, we travel back to the year 1984 for one of the merriest homages to the gangster films of the 1930s and 40s, Johnny Dangerously! The film follows young Johnny Dangerously (Michael Keaton), a nice guy who's also a great mobster, working for mob boss Jocko Dundee (Peter Boyle). Johnny's brother, Tommy (Griffin Dunne) is the new District Attorney and hunting the infamous mobster Johnny Dangerously. Throw in Ma Kelly (Maureen Stapleton), sassy torch singer Lil Sheridan (Marilu Henner), and trigger-happy new Dundee mob muscle Danny Vermin (Joe Piscopo) and you have the perfect recipe for humor, passion, violence, and "good" triumphing over evil! Also starring Dom DeLuise, Danny DeVito, Ron Carey, Ray Walston, Dick Butkus, and Alan Hale Jr.!

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Chinatown (1974)

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Rounding off our "Neo-Noir" pairing, we move ahead three years from our first film and turn to a film much truer to its film noir roots, a film that teamed director Roman Polanski, writer Robert Towne, and producer Robert Evans for a film that saw Jack Nicholson nominated for his fourth role in the "Best Actor" category. In 1974's classic "Chinatown," Nicholson plays J. J. Gittes, a successful Los Angeles private eye, who is hired by the wife of Hollis Mulwray (Darrell Zwerling) the head of the high-profile Chief Engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, on suspicion of infidelity. After concluding the case, he is met by Mulwray's actual wife, Evalyn (Faye Dunaway), who claims to know nothing about Gittes being hired to spy on her husband. When Hollis turns up dead, so begins an intricate cat-and-mouse game between J. J. and Evelyn that takes a series of unexpected twists and turns as the truth of entire conspiracy is slowly revealed, and it's more sordid than even Gittes expected! Also starring John Huston, Perry Lopez, John Hillerman, Diane Ladd, and Roy Jenson. Plus, the Geeks & GIT disclose what two gangster comedies will fill their next pairing (with laughs, hopefully)!

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Klute (1971)

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We begin our pairing of what are known as "Neo-Noir" films ("Neo-Noir" meaning a re-imagining of the genre of film noir) with the film that netted star Jane Fonda her first Academy Award for Best Actress! Written by Andy and David E Lewis, and directed by Alan J. Pakula, it's 1971's thrilling who-dunnit, "Klute!" Starring Fonda as Bree Daniels, a call girl trying to get out of the life, and Donald Sutherland as John Klute, a private detective tasked with investigating the disappearance of Pennsylvania businessman Tom Gruneman (Robert Milli) by Gruneman's boss, Peter Cable (Charles Cioffi). Klute's path crosses with Daniels' when his investigation turns up a connection, and from that point on, their lives become ever-more intertwined as the killer begins to stalk Bree as well. Can Klute solve the case before Bree becomes the killer's next victim? Also starring Roy Scheider, Dorothy Tristan, Rita Gam, and Nathan George.

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