Petit Plaisir: No. 21 – Classic Jack Lemmon

May 24, 2014

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There are moments, okay, many moments, when I can’t help but wonder if I was born in the wrong generation. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t take for granted the progress I appreciate every day, but my preference in music and films often takes me back more than a few decades.

One of my most beloved actors is Jack Lemmon. As a child I was introduced to him paired alongside Walter Matthau in Grumpy Old Men, and I soon came to discover his earlier career which had me immediately smitten.

The two films starring Jack Lemmon that I highly recommend sitting down on a rainy evening with a cup of something delicious to enjoy are The Apartment with  Shirley MacLaine and Some Like It Hot with Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe. Both playful and delightful, the films reveal Jack Lemmon’s uncanny innate ability for comedic timing and humorous behavior and expressions.

For some reason the simple luxury of knowing nothing crass or grotesque is going to pop on the screen for shock and awe effect to make up for poor writing/acting is all too often rare these days in comedic or romantic comedies. And so no matter who your company is, these films offer a brief respite and a few chuckles as well as plots that are creative and acting that is more than just decent.

Awe, with the long weekend, I’m off to search for another classic to enjoy. If you have any suggestions, please do share.

marilyn

~Tony Curtis (far left), Jack Lemmon (center), Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot~

  theapartment ~Jack Lemmon in The Apartment using a tennis racket as a strainer for his spaghetti.~

~PETIT PLAISIRS FROM THE ARCHIVES:

~Petit Plaisir: No. 20 – A Very Chic Quiche

~Petit Plaisir: No. 18 – Cheese Please

~Petit Plaisir: No. 16 – The Confidence Code



20 thoughts on “Petit Plaisir: No. 21 – Classic Jack Lemmon

  1. “This may even turn out to be a surprise party!” My introduction to Jack Lemmon was Some Like It Hot….I don’t think I could have picked a better one.

  2. These are all great suggestions! I love Charade and How to Marry a Millionaire. One movie I just watched on Turner Classics was Les Girls with Mitzi Gaynor. I just loved it! People will Talk with Cary Grant or High Society with Grace Kelly. Just perfect!

  3. Some Like It Hot is one of my all time favorites. If you haven’t seen “bringing up Baby” with Katherine Hepburn rush out and rent it now – it’s hysterical. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, It Happened One Night are all great as well. And for something slightly more contemporary, Steve Martin’s remake of Father of the Bride.

  4. Irma La Douce is also tres, tres simpatique and one of my all time favorites!
    Thank you for reminding me to watch, for the 100th time, Some Like It Hot and all the good old movies you all mentioned! :)))

  5. Two of my other favorites are Roman Holiday, with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, and Gigi with Leslie Caron.

  6. Thanks for feeding my mind which has been troubling me asking , “What movie are you gonna watch this weekend?” I’m sure I’m gonna enjoy it !

  7. I have to see the Lauren Bacall/Gregory Peck film and have a great Jack Lemmon film for you – it’s “Bell Book and Candle” and is a ’62 film if I recall, with Kim Novak, Jimmy Stewart, Hermione Gingold and a very young Jack Lemmon – I always watch it at Christmastime as its New York in the snow. Its a darling film , the classics are so endearing!

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