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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 »
A crooked lawyer persuades his brother-in-law to feign a serious injury. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Matthau and Lemmon work effortlessly together See more (61 total) »


  (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?

Billy Wilder shot the opening sequence during an actual Vikings-Browns game on October 31, 1965. The Vikings won 27-17.See more »
Continuity: Early in the movie, a poster showing the Browns schedule appears. The Washington Redskins are listed as the opponents for a game on December 5. However, later in the movie, mention is made (in connection with the planned Harry Hinkle Charitable Fund announcement) of the game against Washington being scheduled for November 27.See more »
Willie Gingrich:Unwed mothers? I'm for that!See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Batman" (1966)See more »
You'd Be So Nice to Come Home ToSee more »


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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Matthau and Lemmon work effortlessly together, 29 November 2003
Author: sapblatt from Boston, MA, USA

One of these days I am going to watch a bad Billy Wilder 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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