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The Fortune Cookie (1966)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 19 October 1966 (USA)
A crooked lawyer persuades his brother-in-law to feign a serious injury.

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Purkey
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Mother Hinkle
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A cameraman is knocked over during a football game. His brother in law as the king of the ambulance chasing lawyers starts a suit while he's still knocked out. The cameraman is against it until he hears that his ex-wife will be coming to see him. He pretends to be injured to get her back, but also sees what the strain is doing to the football player who injured him. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Der Glückspilz  »

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$3,705,000 (estimated)
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Jack Lemmon originally had two other actors proposed to star with him, Frank Sinatra and Jackie Gleason, but he insisted that he do the picture with Walter Matthau. See more »

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Keith Jackson never called NFL games for CBS. However in the credits he is listed as "Football Announcer", not as himself, so this is not necessarily a mistake. See more »

Quotes

Thompson: [about Willie Gingrich] This guy is so full of angles and gimmicks and twists; he starts to describe a doughnut and it comes out a pretzel.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Bart Gets Hit by a Car (1991) See more »

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You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
Music and lyrics by Cole Porter
Sung by Judi West
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Fun to watch for the first time
5 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Finally caught it on TCM yesterday, and was able to watch it "fresh," compared to "The Odd Couple" or "The Front Page," which one might already know all about.

A fine study in contrasts at work here; Matthau, as the shyster lawyer has something resembling a family life, while Lemmon, ostensibly the nice guy, is shown to be very lonely, still stuck in the apartment his wife left him in (and aren't those exteriors filmed in Cleveland? I don't think those buildings on his street were seen in any other Hollywood backlot, and they looked a touch more shabby than ordinary). So we have "Boom Boom" as the real moral center of the movie. He's racked with guilt over having injured Hinkle (Lemmon), so much so that he sees to Hinkle's recovery, even carrying him around like a wounded puppy, letting his game suffer, and he's the one who's most hurt by the scam.

The movie also shows a hopeful light on race relations in the mid-60's: Ron Rich gets to play a character with some feelings and some ambition beyond the NFL, and it's he and Lemmon's characters who become buddies at the end.


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