Two down on their luck jazz musicians find themselves out of a job and on the run after the police raid the speakeasy they perform in and they inadvertently stumble upon a gang war. With no money and nowhere to hide, a gig with Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopators at a Florida beach resort seems like the perfect getaway. There's just one problem: the Syncopators are an all-female band, and Joe and Jerry aren't women - yet.
Armed with some dodgy wigs and wobbly falsettos, Joe and Jerry manage to join the Syncopators, where they meet Sugar Kane: a hooch-swilling, ukulele-playing knockout with a soft spot for badboy saxophone players. Barely able to believe their good fortune, things start to go off the rails for the pair when they begin to attract unwanted attention from lecherous millionaires and some familiar faces show up at their hotel for a gathering of the country's most dangerous criminals.
The film presentation will feature an introduction. After the film stay for a special performance by Miami's drag artists Andro Gin, Ded Cooter, and Patent Pending.
Florida in Focus is a series of queer films focused on the state of Florida. With the series we are examining the state's queer past, present and future. This series includes SOME LIKE IT HOT (June 17), MOONLIGHT (June 24), THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE (July 8) and A FLORIDA ENCHANTMENT (JULY 22).
The series is free and open to the public from the generous support of the Florida Humanities Council. Further support from Norton Herrick Center for Motion Picture Studies, the City of Coral Gables, Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs, Coral Gables Community Foundation, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation makes the Flaming Classics series possible.
Directed by Billy Wilder.
USA. 121minutes. 35mm Film.