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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
Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Lauren Gilbert ... Kincaid
Marge Redmond ... Charlotte Gingrich
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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How Harry Hinkle became a fortune cookie See more »

Genres:

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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Budget:

$3,705,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Cliff Osmond asked Billy Wilder how to play the private detective, Wilder, always a man of few words where actors were concerned, said, "Incessant pursuit. Relentless. Play Javert [from Les Miserables]". See more »

Goofs

During the football game in which Harry is injured, the Browns are playing the Minnesota Vikings. On Boom-Boom's punt return, however, the opponents are the Philadelphia Eagles. See more »

Quotes

Willie Gingrich: Now tell me, Mr. Cimoli, exactly how did you break your hip?
Mr. Cimoli: It's my *pelvis*!
Willie Gingrich: All right, your pelvis. How did it happen?
Mr. Cimoli: Well I was coming out of the store, and there it was on the sidewalk.
Willie Gingrich: What?
Mr. Cimoli: [Shows Gingrich a banana peel] This.
Willie Gingrich: I see. And you were coming out of *what* store?
Mr. Cimoli: Nat's Delicatessen, on Euclid Avenue.
Willie Gingrich: Too bad.
Mr. Cimoli: Oh, such pain.
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Bart Gets Hit by a Car (1991) See more »

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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One to remember Walter Matthau for....
28 July 2000 | by duguidbSee all my reviews

If I had to buy a single movie showing Walter Matthau's genius as an actor, this may be the one, for as good as Jack Lemmon always is in a movie, Walter shines here as the shyster brother-in-law lawyer, and the Best Supporting Oscar was awarded to him rightly for this role. Matthau, always the man who acted through sicknesses went through a heart attack during this one. The scene that he runs up the stairs after receiving the settlement check, a keen eye could notice that he is thinner at the top of the stairs. That was because he shot that scene after his attack. This movie begins the long association with Lemmon/Matthau. The next movie was to be "The Odd Couple". What a great bunch of entertaining movies they were. And this was the first one.


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