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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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Charlotte Gingrich
Noam Pitlik ...
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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 MONEY! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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19 October 1966 (USA)  »

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Der Glückspilz  »

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$3,705,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

For later shots of the game, the Browns were playing elsewhere, so Billy Wilder substituted the Kent State football team. Spectators were lured to the stadium to serve as unpaid extras with the promise of free prizes, ranging from transistor radios to a new car. The latter was awarded to Wilder's wife, Audrey. See more »

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When Harry is injured, his camera flies out of his hands and the cables are missing. In the previous scene, the cables were shown attached using a screw-in type connector that would not have come off, even when being tackled. 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.
Willie Gingrich: Those insurance guys think they're such geniuses. What they forget is every time they build a better mousetrap, the mice gets smarter, too.
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
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Matthau and Lemmon work effortlessly together
29 November 2003 | by (Boston, MA, USA) – See all my reviews

One of these days I am going to watch a bad Billy Wilder movie...so far I have not even come close. Each year we observe the passing of great talents (this year, 2003 has seen an extrordinary number of death), I begin to realize we will never again see the likes of Lemmon and Matthau who passed away in 2000 and 1999 respectively. These two are great actors in comedic or serious roles. Matthau's sleazy lawyer is played just right, not too over the top and Lemmon plays the victim in this movie who is basically going along for the ride. As the movie progresses Lemmon gets further disenchanted with the pending cash settlement for his fake injuries and in his own inimitable way blows the whistle on his brother-in-law, Whiplash Willie (Matthau.) I found Wilder's use of Cliff Ormond and Noam Pitlik as the bumbling private eye surveillance team to be reminiscent of Jackie Gleason and Art Carney on the Honeymooners, or even a latter day type of slapstick in the style of Abbot and Costello. Also, the supporting role of Boom Boom the Cleveland Browns running back who accidentally injures Lemmon on the sideline at a game was played with depth. All in all another wonderful treat this movie is to watch.


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