On Sky Movies Classics tonight from 7.30pm
What is it about Marilyn Monroe that fuels people’s obsessions? Many a glamourous Hollywood actress has come and gone, but it’s Marilyn whose appeal seems to be eternal, fascinating people from generation to generation.
Is it because underneath all the glamour she really was a little girl lost, longing to be loved and taken seriously? Or is the fascination because of her tragic death, which is still shrouded in mystery? Who knows, but what is true is that she was an excellent and somewhat underrated comedienne.
Tonight’s triple bill starts with one of Marilyn’s early efforts, Niagara, which showcases her dramatic talents. The fun really starts though with The Seven Year Itch at 9pm and Some Like it Hot at 10.50pm. These comedies are both superb examples of Marilyn’s comic talent as well as perfect examples of Billy Wilder‘s directorial excellence.
Since the classic cocktails Whiskey Sour and Martini are discussed in The Seven Year Itch and Manhattans in Some Like it Hot, I feel it’s only polite to partake of one of these beverages whilst watching. I haven’t decided which one yet, but it would be great to know which one is your favourite.
Whiskey Sour - The Seven Year Itch
Richard Sherman: I’m perfectly capable of fixing my own breakfast. As a matter of fact, I had two peanut butter sandwiches and two whiskey sours
Martini – The Seven Year Itch
Richard Sherman: There’s gin and vermouth. That’s a martini.
The Girl: Oh, that sounds cool! I think I’ll have a glass of that. A big tall one!
Manhattan - Some Like it Hot
The girls throw an impromptu party on the train during which they pool their smuggled alcohol to make Manhattans. They mention using bourbon whiskey rather than Canadian, and mix the cocktail in a hot water bottle.