Louis Winthorpe is a businessman who works for commodities brokerage firm of Duke and Duke owned by the brothers Mortimer and Randolph Duke. Now they bicker over the most trivial of matters and what they are bickering about is whether it's a person's environment or heredity that determines how well they will do in life. When Winthorpe bumps into Billy Ray Valentine, a street hustler and assumes he is trying to rob him, he has him arrested. Upon seeing how different the two men are, the brothers decide to make a wager as to what would happen if Winthorpe loses his job, his home and is shunned by everyone he knows and if Valentine was given Winthorpe's job. So they proceed to have Winthorpe arrested and to be placed in a compromising position in front of his girlfriend. So all he has to rely on is the hooker who was hired to ruin him. Written by
Some very funny business.
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Did You Know?
Several funny moments in the film came about by accident. The scene where Mortimer is trying to catch the money clip and having trouble wasn't supposed to happen that way, but both kept going with it and not breaking character, so it was kept in. Ophelia's "Swedish" disguise came about because Jamie Lee Curtis
couldn't do the correct Austrian accent. See more
When Billy Ray is in the limo, Randolph Duke introduces himself
and Billy Ray asks if the name Randolph is like Randy Jackson
of the Jackson 5
. Randy was not a member of the Jackson 5. He did not join the group until they became The Jacksons
. See more
[holding a breakfast tray while Louis is still asleep
Your breakfast, sir.
Ron Taylor is credited as 'Big Black Guy' and James D. Turner as ' Even Bigger Black Guy' See more
Referenced in Day by Day: Trading Places
By Gerry Goffin
& Carole King
Performed by Little Eva
Courtesy Roulette Records, Inc. See more