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The Fortune Cookie (1966) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by Billy Wilder and produced by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond and Doane Harrison.

Academy Awards 1966 --- Ceremony Number 39 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActorWalter MatthauWon
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Robert Luthardt; Set Decoration: Edward G. BoyleNominated
Best CinematographyJoseph LaShelleNominated
Best WritingBilly Wilder, I. A. L. DiamondNominated
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By 4 Star Film Fan on Mar 17, 2018 From 4 Star Films

“You can fool all of the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.” ~ Inscription in the Fortune Cookie For some inexplicable reason, I expected The Fortune Cookie to be in color. Maybe in some sublim... Read full article


Billy Wilder's The Fortune Cookie

By Rick29 on Apr 20, 2017 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Like Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder found his career at the crossroads in the 1960s. Successes such as The Apartment and Irma la Douce were offset by flops like Kiss Me, Stupid and the under-appreciated One, Two, Three. It's almost as if he couldn't quite grasp what appealed to the public. I'm not s... Read full article


Billy Wilder's The Fortune Cookie

By Rick29 on Apr 20, 2017 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Like Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder found his career at the crossroads in the 1960s. Successes such as The Apartment and Irma la Douce were offset by flops like Kiss Me, Stupid and the under-appreciated One, Two, Three. It's almost as if he couldn't quite grasp what appealed to the public. I'm not s... Read full article


The Fortune Cookie

By Amanda Garrett on Jun 21, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm looking at director Billy Wilder's classic comedy, The Fortune Cookie (1966), starring Jack Lemmon (above) as a man who is faking a spinal injury for a large insurance settlement. This article is part of the Billy Wilder Blogathon hosted by Outspoken & Freckled and Once Upon a Scr... Read full article


The Fortune Cookie

By Michael on Feb 5, 2014 From Le Mot du Cinephiliaque

The Fortune Cookie (Billy Wilder, 1966) CBS cameraman Harry Hinkle (Jack Lemmon) gets injured when football player Luther "Boom Boom" Jackson (Ron Rich) runs into him while he is covering a Browns game at Cleveland Stadium. Harry's injuries are minor, but his conniving lawyer brother-in-law Willi... Read full article


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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.
Willie Gingrich: I mean too bad it didn't happen further down the street in front of the May Company. From *them* you can collect. Couldn't you have dragged yourself another twenty feet?


Willie Gingrich: He's gonna give you a shot to help you pass those tests.
Harry Hinkle: Oh, I'm not gonna take any shots from a waiter!
Willie Gingrich: What do you mean "waiter?" This is Doc Schindler, from Chicago.
Doc Schindler: Howdy.
Willie Gingrich: Those insurance guys think they're such geniuses. What they forget is every time they build a better mousetrap, the mice gets smarter, too.
Harry Hinkle: You'll be careful, won't you, Doc?
Doc Schindler: I better be, because I'm on parole.
Harry Hinkle: Parole?
Doc Schindler: They caught me tampering with a horse at Arlington Park.
Harry Hinkle: A veterinary?
Willie Gingrich: Well actually, he's a dentist.
Doc Schindler: What do you want?
Willie Gingrich: Right arm and left leg. Make them good and numb.
Doc Schindler: Oh, *numb*.
Willie Gingrich: Sure, we want those nerves blocked!
Doc Schindler: Oh, then I better use the Novocain, because with this stuff, he'll run the mile in 1:34 flat.


Doc Schindler: I'm looking for a freckle!


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Facts about

The game at the opening of the film when Harry gets hurt was played Oct. 31,1965 at Cleveland . The final score was Vikings 27, Browns 17.
Jack Lemmon originally had two other actors proposed to star with him, Frank Sinatra and Jackie Gleason, but he insisted that he do the picture with Walter Matthau.
Billy Wilder came up with the idea for this film when he saw a player run into a cameraman on the sidelines while watching a football game.
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