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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 »
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Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Carson Interviews, Wilder Movies Tonight
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Billy Wilder, still less than meets the eye
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Fun to watch for the first time See more (53 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)
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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
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 L. 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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125 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

William Christopher's movie debut.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: 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 »
Professor Winterhalter:All these newfangled machines. Fake! It proves nothing. In the old days, we used to do these things better. The man says he's paralyzed, we simply throw him in the snake pit. If he climbs out, then we know he's lying.
Specialist #1:[shocked] And if he doesn't climb out?
Professor Winterhalter:Then we have lost the patient, but we have found an honest man.
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Movie Connections:
References "Candid Camera" (1960/I)See more »
You'd Be So Nice to Come Home ToSee more »


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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Fun to watch for the first time, 5 December 2003
Author: Mark_McD from United States

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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