Tony Curtis is a fine actor.
Haven't you seen Some Like It Hot (1959)? This is one of the funniest movies ever made about two men that witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and join an all-girl orchestra to escape being killed by the Mob in Chicago. Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon are hilarious in drag.
Watch this and then see these other four films.
The Defiant Ones (1958) This is a very serious movie about two escaped convicts in the deep South shackled together, one white (Curtis) and one black (Sidney Poitier).
The Great Impostor (1961) This is a biography of the incredible story of Ferdinand Demara (played by Curtis), a man who succeeded in a variety of professional guises without any certification or diplomas.
Houdini (1953) It's hard to pick just five Tony Curtis films. There are so many good ones. This was the first one I'd ever seen. I hear it isn't that factual, but I love it just the same. Tony Curtis is wonderful as Houdini, the world's greatest magician.
Operation Petticoat (1959) This is a comedy that stars both Cary Grant and Tony Curtis. It's sheer fun from beginning to end. I love Curtis in this one, as the con artist who gets the job done.
*Contributed by: "Elizabeth Van Cleve" Date: Fri, Feb 15 2002 / 14:08:00 PST
1958 Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role: THE DEFIANT ONES