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The Fortune Cookie (1966)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 19 October 1966 (USA)
A crooked lawyer persuades his brother-in-law to feign a serious injury.

Director:

Billy Wilder
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Harry Hinkle
Walter Matthau ... Willie Gingrich
Ron Rich 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 Lauren Gilbert ... Kincaid
Marge Redmond ... Charlotte Gingrich
Noam Pitlik Noam Pitlik ... Max
Harry Davis Harry Davis ... Dr. Krugman
Ann Shoemaker ... Sister Veronica
Maryesther Denver Maryesther Denver ... Nurse
Ned Glass ... Doc Schindler
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Storyline

A cameraman is knocked over during a football game. His brother in law as the king of the ambulance chasing lawyers starts a suit while he's still knocked out. The cameraman is against it until he hears that his ex-wife will be coming to see him. He pretends to be injured to get her back, but also sees what the strain is doing to the football player who injured him. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Is he a spy? A security risk? Is he unfaithful? Or is he a nice, normal shnook - out to make a million bucks by sheer accident! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Glückspilz See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,705,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,000,000, 31 December 1966

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,800,000, 1 January 1968
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Dr. Krugman is giving Harry test pokes in the hand and asks him if they are "dull or sharp", if you watch Gingrich you can see him quietly coach Harry how to respond after each poke. See more »

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Towards the beginning of the movie when Harry is wheeled out after his x-ray, his mother is crying over him. But more than once you can hear her sobbing, but plainly see that she's just standing still and looking at him. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Cimoli: Hey, how much do you think my pain is worth?
Willie Gingrich: By itself, nothing. So, it's a good thing you came to me. Before we're through with them, we'll have them begging for mercy
Mr. Cimoli: Who's them?
Willie Gingrich: That I haven't figured out yet. But don't go away. I'll think if maybe...
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Soundtracks

You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
Music and lyrics by Cole Porter
Sung by Judi West
Also strains played throughout the movie
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Matthau and Lemmon work effortlessly together
29 November 2003 | by sapblattSee all my reviews

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