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The Fortune (1975)

Two bumbling hustlers in the 1920s attempt to gain the fortune of an heiress. Nothing will stop them, not even murder.

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Freddie
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Oscar
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Nicky
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Justice of Peace
Rose Michtom ...
His Wife
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Airline Steward
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Mrs. Gould
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Rattlesnake Tom
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Girl Lover (as Nira Barab)
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Fisherman
Tom Newman ...
John The Barber
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1st Policeman
Vic Vallaro ...
2nd Policeman
Richard B. Shull ...
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The early 1900's with its Mann-Act (disallowing women to be transported across State lines for immoral reasons) brings a married man to devise a scheme for taking his upper-class girlfriend away with him... he simply has her marry his unmarried buddy. However, it doesn't take very long before both men start laying claim to her affection... until, that is, she's about to be cut out of her parent's fortune. So, a new scheme is devised, which only adds to their problems, as well as to the sly whimsy of this film. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Sexier than the Marx Brothers, handsomer than Laurel and Hardy but not as smart as The 3 Stooges See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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16 October 1975 (Argentina)  »

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Spite and Malice  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This was Stockard Channing's first credited film appearance. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, where Freddie is kissing Nicky, she lifts her head up and the makeup line can clearly be scene on the bottom of her jaw. See more »

Quotes

Nicky Wilson: [To Frederica who's screaming because Oscar is walking on the plane's wing during flight] Just ignore him.
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Connections

Referenced in The Lion Roars Again (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

My Honey's Lovin' Arms
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Written by Herman Ruby and Joseph Meyer
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Good moments,Funny Nicholson,Otherwise Poor Effort
26 June 2001 | by (FL,U.S.) – See all my reviews

Ramshackle farce with a few funny moments, mainly thanks to Nicholson's largely inspired comedic work, but little else. Mike Nichols is adept at coasting along on clever scripts,but he's clearly unable to salvage wayward material like this. In particular, the running gag which comprises the last half hour or so of the film wears incredibly thin. Beatty and Channing seem to be trying,to little avail, while Nicholson walks away with the film. He's particularly adroit in the first 20 minutes,before the film gets lost in it's own series of ambling vignettes. Still can't hold a candle to the old W.C. Fields or Laurel & Hardy films. Watch one of those instead.


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