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After watching 'Some Like it Hot' for the umpteenth time, a question came up regarding the hearing aid that Little Bonaparte was wearing in the Italian Opera Lover's meeting scene. Billy Wilder appeared to call attention to it specifically but I'm not sure why, or where the hearing aid fits in. Any ideas????
It seems like maybe this question has come up before but... SPOILERS SPOILER SPOILERS IN RE: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION WHY IS IT that in the final scene, when Marlene has her big, BIG scene and reveals all- then is rejected and chucked into the boards by Ty Power, she says**: "WET THEM CONVICT ME OF PERJURWY, WET THEM CONVICT ME OF CONSPIRWACY!" (sees letter opener on table, picks it up) "BETTER YET, WET THEM CONVICT ME OF..." And for some WEIRD REASON I CANNOT FATHOM, Marlene CLEARLY SAYS THE WORD "MURDER," but the dialogue comes to an abrupt (and noticeable) halt (like 3 seconds of total, dead silence, like an error on the soundtrack) and it really, really seems like they cut the word out, the most important word btw, out of her diatribe. WHY??!!!! It's no violation of the production code in her saying the word; if there was some problem with the read (which I doubt) they could fix it with ADR, I don't see how it helps the story by cutting it- in fact it really undercuts what is the film's (arguably) most important scene. Anyone got any ideas that the answer is? ps- imdb doesn't seem to say anything about this in the trivia, goofs or alternate versions sections they have for the movie. i did however find this nugget, which i HAVE to share: Elsa Lanchester used to delight in broadcasting Marlene Dietrich's secrets. Although Dietrich was never secretive about her famous "tape lifts," Lanchester detailed their use to anyone who would listen (One of the most avid listeners was Charles Laughton, who urged a make-up man to steal one so he could try it). The lifts were stuck to the side of Dietrich's head where she wanted skin to be lifted. Then the long threads hanging from them were woven into hair at the back of her head, forcing the tabs to pull the skin very tight. A wig then covered the network of tabs and threads. Lanchester joked that Dietrich wouldn't dare to pull or twist her face for fear of loosening a lift. In the film, one can see how Dietrich rarely breaks the cold passiveness of her expression and moves her whole body rather than her head. **PARAPHWASED FROM MEMOWY.
Hello, TCM Forum members. The June 2016 schedule is now up. Marie Dressler is the SOTM, and there are features on Stage-to-Screen adaptations of both plays and musicals, and a continuing Friday night tribute throughout the month devoted to the films of Billy Wilder. Candice Bergen is the Guest Programmer. http://www.tcm.com/schedule/monthly.html?tz=est&sdate=2016-6-01 http://www.tcm.com/schedule/weekly.html?tz=est&sdate=2016-06-01 http://www.tcm.com/schedule/weekly.html?tz=est&sdate=2016-06-08 http://www.tcm.com/schedule/weekly.html?tz=est&sdate=2016-06-15 http://www.tcm.com/schedule/weekly.html?tz=est&sdate=2016-06-22 http://www.tcm.com/schedule/weekly.html?tz=est&sdate=2016-06-29