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There are many rea­sons to like — or even fall in love with — “the Del”. The first is its ou­tra­geous de­sign — vast acres of wood, lorded over by a 10-storey-high red-roofed tur­ret. Or per­haps be­cause it is one of Amer­ica’s last sur­viv­ing ex­am­ples of a Vic­to­rian wooden beach re­sort.

Or maybe be­cause it was one of the stars in di­rec­tor Billy Wilder’s 1959 com­edy Some Like It Hot, which also starred Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe (“Sugar Kane”), Tony Cur­tis (“Joe”), and Jack Lem­mon (“Jerry”).

Lem­mon and Cur­tis play two mu­si­cians who dress in drag to es­cape from mafia hit­men. Among the film’s many gems is Kane’s vow to have noth­ing more to do with male sax­o­phone play­ers who have al­ways left her with “the fuzzy end of the lol­lipop”.

The ho­tel — now man­aged by the Hil­ton ho­tel group — is both a na­tional and state his­toric land­mark. The red tur­ret houses the ball­room. ● hoteldel.com

Pic­ture: 123rf.com/pro­file_k­itleong

LAND­MARK The ho­tel is a movie star in its own right.

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