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Hook, Line and Sinker (1969)

 -  Comedy  -  6 June 1969 (USA)
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Man (Lewis) is told by his doctor (Lawford), and best friend, that he has a terminal illness. At his wife's urging, he lives life to the fullest, racking up insurmountable debts. When the ... See full summary »

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Peter J. Ingersoll / Fred Dobbs
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Man (Lewis) is told by his doctor (Lawford), and best friend, that he has a terminal illness. At his wife's urging, he lives life to the fullest, racking up insurmountable debts. When the damage is done, his friend the doctor tells him that he's not dying. Unfortunately, his life will eventually be ruined by his actions. So, they decide to stage his death so that his wife and family will not have to suffer for what he's done. Lewis eventually discovers that his friend, the doctor, set the entire scenario up so that he could get Lewis' wife. Written by <duggarr@erols.com>

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Jerry has to get away from it all! Even if it means a $100,000 spree on credit cards!

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The house set is the same used for Bewitched (1964). See more »

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The sink can be seen to wiggle (obviously loose) moments before Peter pulls it up with the plunger. See more »

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Dr. Scott Carter: There's only one decent thing left for you to do: turn yourself in.
Peter Ingersoll: Decent thing? That's insane!
Dr. Scott Carter: I'll be behind you all the way.
Peter Ingersoll: Oh, sure you will. A mile behind me.
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Jerry thinks he's dying but really is not...the picture dies first
5 September 2011 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

A dying man goes on a spending spree and accumulates $100,000 in debt--only to find out he's perfectly healthy. Old-fashioned premise from screenwriter Rod Amateau, adapting his and David Davis' original story, is turned into yet another sorry, sloppy Jerry Lewis star-vehicle. Why did Columbia Pictures continually allow Lewis' production company to waste the studio's money and time on these failed comedic vehicles? Out-of-touch and outdated nonsense, with a sight-gag in the final scene failing to compensate for Jerry's listless overall performance. The most repugnant line in the script (among many) comes when an African-American board member shouts at a meeting, "I wanna know what happened to that Negro!" A stinker. * from ****


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