‘Some Like It Hot’ in Montreal

Some Like It Hot is an interesting choice to open the Film Noir Au Canal festival on the banks of the Lachine Canal in Montreal, Quebec. While it’s primarily a comedy, it also contains elements of the classic crime movie. And there’s music too!

Some Like It Hot will be screened at St. Patrick’s Square this Sunday, July 15. Arrive early for a performance by the Ukelele Club of Montreal at 7:30 pm (the ukulele was, of course, Sugar Kane’s instrument), and an introduction by film critic Helen Faradji, with the movie at 9 pm (in the original English, with French subtitles.) Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Multiple Marilyns to Strum for Charity

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A group of ukulele-playing Marilyn lookalikes from Adelaide, Australia will attempt to break the record for the World’s Largest Ukulele Ensemble in January 2016, reports Adelaide Now.

“The nimble fingered ensemble will be led by Mayor David O’Loughlin and the Marilyn Jetty Swim group, a group of Marilyn Monroe impersonators who raise money for Cancer Council SA.

‘I’ve had two ukulele lessons now,’ said Sarah Tinney (aka Marilyn), 36, from Brighton. ‘None of us have ever played the ukulele before but we’re all making great improvements every week so I’m very confident we’ll be able to accomplish it in time.'”

Beginners are welcome to sign up to learn the song ‘Daisy Bell (a Bicycle Built for Two)’ which will be played on the day.”

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Of course, Sugar Kane – Marilyn’s character in Some Like it Hot – played the ukulele as well as singing in an all-girl band, Sweet Sue’s Society Syncopators. Maybe the Marilyn Jetty Swim Group should copy her 1920s style for the event?

(And if you’re wondering what happened to Marilyn’s ukulele, according to The Guardian it is currently on display at the Santa Barbara Surfing Museum in California.)