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The Fortune Cookie (1966)

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

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Ron Rich ...
Judi West ...
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Purkey
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Mother Hinkle
Harry Holcombe ...
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Lauren Gilbert ...
Marge Redmond ...
Charlotte Gingrich
Noam Pitlik ...
Max
Harry Davis ...
Dr. Krugman
Ann Shoemaker ...
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Maryesther Denver ...
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Storyline

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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Some people will do anything for $249,000.92 See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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19 October 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Glückspilz  »

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Budget:

$3,705,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Lisa Linsky discovered the piano hidden in her folk's garage at the age of four. One of Lisa's fondest early memories is sharing a piano with fellow actor Jack Lemmon during the 1965-66 filming of the movie "The Fortune Cookie." (Lisa played the little girl on the skateboard in an early hospital scene.) 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

Willie Gingrich: He's gonna give you a shot to help you pass those tests.
Harry Hinkle: Oh, I'm not gonna take any shots from a waiter!
Willie Gingrich: What do you mean "waiter?" This is Doc Schindler, from Chicago.
Doc Schindler: Howdy.
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Harry Hinkle: You'll be careful, won't you, Doc?
Doc Schindler: I better be, because I'm on parole.
Harry Hinkle: Parole?
Doc Schindler: They caught me tampering with a horse at Arlington Park.
Harry Hinkle: A veterinary?
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You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
Music and lyrics by Cole Porter
Sung by Judi West
Also strains played throughout the movie
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Mix a shyster with a nitwit...
26 March 1999 | by (St. Louis, Mo) – See all my reviews

Little-known, but has fine performances by Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Lemmon is a not-too-bright sports cameraman who gets knocked over by a football player (Ron Rich) and is persuaded by his crooked, ambulance-chasing brother-in-law lawyer (Matthau) to fake an injury for the insurance money. Lemmon tries to go along with the scam, but is consumed by guilt because the guilt Rich feels for the "injury" is quickly wrecking his life. Added to this is the return of Lemmon's ex-wife (Judi West), with whom he is still obviously in love. He is completely oblivious to the fact she is a gold-digger--in his case, love truly is blind. Everything resolves itself as it should, but not as you might think. It's a funny, dramatic, and touching film.


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