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Billy Wilder (written by) &
I.A.L. Diamond (written by)
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Release Date:
19 October 1966 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Lemmon ... Harry Hinkle

Walter Matthau ... Willie Gingrich
Ron Rich ... Luther 'Boom Boom' Jackson

Judi West ... Sandy Hinkle

Cliff Osmond ... Purkey

Lurene Tuttle ... Mother Hinkle

Harry Holcombe ... O'Brien

Les Tremayne ... Thompson
Lauren Gilbert ... Kincaid

Marge Redmond ... Charlotte Gingrich
Noam Pitlik ... Max
Harry Davis ... Dr. Krugman

Ann Shoemaker ... Sister Veronica
Maryesther Denver ... Nurse

Ned Glass ... Doc Schindler

Sig Ruman ... Professor Winterhalter

Archie Moore ... Mr. Jackson

Howard McNear ... Mr. Cimoli

William Christopher ... Intern (as Bill Christopher)

Bartlett Robinson ... Specialist #1
Robert P. Lieb ... Specialist #2
Martin Blaine ... Specialist #3

Ben Wright ... Specialist #4
Dodie Heath ... Nun

Herbie Faye ... Maury, the Equipment Man

Billy Beck ... Maury's Assistant

Judy Pace ... Elvira

Helen Kleeb ... The Lawyers' Receptionist

Lisa Linsky ... Ginger Gingrich (as Lisa Jill)
John Todd Roberts ... Jeffrey Gingrich
Keith Jackson ... Football Announcer
Herbert Ellis ... TV Director (as Herb Ellis)
Don Reed ... Newscaster
Louise Vienna ... Girl on TV

Robert DoQui ... Man in Bar (as Bob DoQui)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Anderson ... Abraham Lincoln (uncredited)

Jim Brown ... Running Back - Number 32 (archive footage) (uncredited)
Leroy Kelly ... Running Back #44 (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jon Silo ... Tailor (uncredited)

Directed by
Billy Wilder 
Writing credits
Billy Wilder (written by) &
I.A.L. Diamond (written by)

Produced by
I.A.L. Diamond .... associate producer
Doane Harrison .... associate producer
Billy Wilder .... producer
Original Music by
André Previn  (as Andre Previn)
Cinematography by
Joseph LaShelle  (as Joseph La Shelle)
Film Editing by
Daniel Mandell 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Art Direction by
Robert Luthardt 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle 
Makeup Department
Loren Cosand .... makeup artist
Alice Monte .... hair stylist
Jack Petty .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Patrick J. Palmer .... unit manager
Allen K. Wood .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack N. Reddish .... assistant director
Michael S. Glick .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Frank Agnone .... property master
Duncan A. Spencer .... scenic artist
Mentor Huebner .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wayne Fury .... sound editor
Robert Martin .... sound
Buddy Myers .... sound re-recordist
Terrance Emerson .... sound cable (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Sass Bedig .... special effects
Howard Curtis .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy Jenson .... stunts (uncredited)
John Moio .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Felix Barlow .... camera operator (uncredited)
Elmer Faubion .... camera operator (uncredited)
Robert Hoffman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Bill Norton .... camera operator (uncredited)
Al St. Hilaire .... still photographer (uncredited)
Don Stott .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Arrico .... wardrobe (as Chuck Arrico)
Paula Giokaris .... wardrobe
Music Department
Richard Carruth .... music editor
Other crew
Marshall J. Wolins .... script supervisor (as Marshall Wolins)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Meet Whiplash Willie" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
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125 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau bonded early in the production process, finding a connection in their mutual love of football. They would remain friends the rest of their lives.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Reflected in the apartment window when Harry is holding the candle.See more »
Harry Hinkle:[as Mother Hinkle weeps over him] I'll be all right, Mother.
Willie Gingrich:Sure he will. Every week you read in Time Magazine how they're transplanting kidneys and making new spines out of fiberglass. Don't you think the doctors read that stuff, too?
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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
My brief review of the film, 12 April 2005
Author: sol- from Perth, Australia

There are some lagging gaps in the film, but overall this is a delightfully written comedy, with clever ideas, good jokes and colourful supporting characters. Walter Matthau won an Oscar for his flamboyant role in the film, and he has a number of good moments, although Jack Lemmon also shines, bringing in his usual charm to every scene. The film is divided into a number of different chapters, and set to some wonderful music, giving it a vibrant feel. And, above all its other virtues, the film manages to say some things about greed and the consequences of lying. It is not a large flashy production, and it may not be a perfect film, but I found it quite charming and it comes recommended, especially to fans of Wilder's comedies.

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