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A crooked lawyer persuades his brother-in-law to feign a serious injury.

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Harry Hinkle
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Willie Gingrich
Ron Rich ...
Luther 'Boom Boom' Jackson
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Sandy Hinkle
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Purkey
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Mother Hinkle
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O'Brien
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Thompson
Lauren Gilbert ...
Kincaid
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Charlotte Gingrich
Noam Pitlik ...
Max
Harry Davis ...
Dr. Krugman
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Sister Veronica
Maryesther Denver ...
Nurse
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Doc Schindler
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Professor Winterhalter
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Mr. Jackson
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Mr. Cimoli
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Intern (as Bill Christopher)
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Specialist #1
Robert P. Lieb ...
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Specialist #3
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Specialist #4
Dodie Heath ...
Nun
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Maury, the Equipment Man
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Maury's Assistant
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Elvira
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The Lawyers' Receptionist
Lisa Linsky ...
Ginger Gingrich (as Lisa Jill)
John Todd Roberts ...
Jeffrey Gingrich
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Football Announcer
Herbert Ellis ...
TV Director (as Herb Ellis)
Don Reed ...
Newscaster
Louise Vienna ...
Girl on TV
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Man in Bar (as Bob Doqui)
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Abraham Lincoln (uncredited)
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Running Back - Number 32 (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Leroy Kelly ...
Running Back #44 (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Jon Silo ...
Tailor (uncredited)

Directed by

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Billy Wilder

Written by

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Billy Wilder ... (written by) &
I.A.L. Diamond ... (written by)

Produced by

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I.A.L. Diamond ... associate producer
Doane Harrison ... associate producer
Billy Wilder ... producer

Music by

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André Previn ... (as Andre Previn)

Cinematography by

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Joseph LaShelle ... (as Joseph La Shelle)

Film Editing by

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Daniel Mandell

Casting By

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Lynn Stalmaster

Art Direction by

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Robert Luthardt

Set Decoration by

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Edward G. Boyle

Makeup Department

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Loren Cosand ... makeup artist
Alice Monte ... hair stylist
Jack Petty ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Robert J. Schiffer ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Patrick J. Palmer ... unit manager
Allen K. Wood ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jack N. Reddish ... assistant director
Michael S. Glick ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Frank Agnone ... property master
Duncan A. Spencer ... scenic artist
Mentor Huebner ... production illustrator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Wayne Fury ... sound editor
Robert Martin ... sound
Buddy Myers ... sound re-recordist
Terrance Emerson ... sound cable (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Sass Bedig ... special effects

Stunts

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Howard Curtis ... stunts (uncredited)
Roy Jenson ... stunts (uncredited)
John Moio ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Felix Barlow ... camera operator (uncredited)
Elmer Faubion ... camera operator (uncredited)
Robert Hoffman ... camera operator (uncredited)
Bill Norton ... camera operator (uncredited)
Al St. Hilaire ... still photographer (uncredited)
Don Stott ... gaffer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Charles Arrico ... wardrobe (as Chuck Arrico)
Paula Giokaris ... wardrobe

Music Department

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Richard Carruth ... music editor

Other crew

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Marshall J. Wolins ... script supervisor (as Marshall Wolins)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines SOME PEOPLE WILL DO ANYTHING FOR MONEY! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Meet Whiplash Willie (Ireland, English title)
  • Meet Whiplash Willie (United Kingdom)
  • La grande combine (France)
  • Der Glückspilz (Germany)
  • En bandeja de plata (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 125 min
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Box Office

Budget $3,705,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $6,800,000, 01 Jan 1968

Did You Know?

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Trivia Production was halted for weeks after Walter Matthau had a heart attack. He had slimmed from 190 to 160 pounds by the time filming was completed, and had to wear a heavy black coat to conceal the weight loss. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Billy Wilder (1986). See more »
Soundtracks You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To See more »
Quotes Thompson: [about Willie Gingrich] This guy is so full of angles and gimmicks and twists; he starts to describe a doughnut and it comes out a pretzel.
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