San Diego Hotel Celebrates USPS Stamp of Approval

OK, so our headline is nowhere near as clever as the one chosen by San Diego Reader film writer Scott Marks. His item, which tipped us to some news related to AFI’s funniest comedy of all time, sits under the hilarious designation “Some Lick It Hot…

On one of four new USPS stamps honoring the incomparable Billy Wilder, there are companion images of Marilyn Monroe and the iconic red-turret roof of San Diego’s Hotel del Coronado. All to remind that the timeless gender-bender was filmed there. From Marks’ report:

The Hotel del will celebrate the new stamp today at the Vista Walk area in front of the hotel. A variety of photographs will be placed on display featuring Wilder, Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon filming scenes from Some Like it Hot in 1958.

Designed by art director Derry Noyes and drawn by award-winning illustrator Gary Kelley, the “Great Film Directors” stamps commemorate the careers of Wilder, John Ford, Frank Capra and John Huston.

Wilder once explained that the hotel was chosen as the film’s central location because it “was the only place we could find that hadn’t changed in thirty years.”