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Wednesday, 14 June, 2000, 10:34 GMT 11:34 UK
Cross-dressing classics top movie poll
Some Like It Hot
Curtis (left) and Monroe in topped the poll in Some Like It Hot
Some Like It Hot and Tootsie have topped a list of America's 100 funniest films.

The two screen classics - whose humour lies in the central male characters dressing up as women - came first and second in the poll conducted by the American Film Institute.

Titter Top 10
Some Like It Hot - 1959
Tootsie - 1982
Dr Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb - 1964
Annie Hall - 1977
Duck Soup - 1933
Blazing Saddles - 1974
M*A*S*H - 1970
It Happened One Night - 1934
The Graduate - 1967
Airplane! - 1980

Some Like It Hot, Billy Wilder's 1959 classic starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe, was voted first for laughs.

It sees Lemmon and Curtis play musicians who witness a mob massacre and dress up as women to hide out with an all-girl band.

Tootsie, starring Dustin Hoffman, came in second. The 1982 movie from Sidney Pollock features Hoffman as a down-and-out actor who finds soap-opera success masquerading as a female.

Tootsie poster
Hoffman 's character found success dressed as a woman

Some 1,800 actors, directors and other film industry experts voted in the poll. Voters chose their funniest movies from a list of 500 nominees compiled by the institute.

Along with the poll leaders, two other cross-dressing films made it into the top 100. Mrs Doubtfire, starring Robin Williams dressed up as an eccentric housekeeper, came in at 67. Julie Andrews pretending to be a man in Victor/Victoria was at 76.

One movie industry expert confessed to being bemused by the AFI results.

"I can't figure it out. I guess with Americans in the year 2000, transgender is no longer transgressive," said Time magazine film critic Richard Schickel.

Vicr/Victoria
Victor/Victoria saw Julie Andrews dress up as a man

Third in the poll was Stanley Kubrick's Cold War masterpiece Dr Strangelove, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, starring Peter Sellers.

Woody Allen's tale of New York Jewish angst Annie Hall was fourth ahead of the Marx Brothers' satirical war film Duck Soup, in which Groucho plays a prime minister.

Mel Brook's Blazing Saddles was sixth - a ground-breaking movie for its time about a black sheriff trying to keep law and order in the the "Old West".

Woody Allen
Woody Allen was the most represented director

Making up the rest of the top 10 were Robert Altman's M*A*S*H, It Happened One Night starring Clark Gable, The Graduate, with Dustin Hoffman and Leslie Nielsen's Airplane!

Cary Grant was the most featured actor with eight films on the list while Katharine Hepburn and Margaret Dumont both had four films nominated. Woody Allen was the most represented director.

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