The Fortune Cookie Overview:

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.

SYNOPSIS

A TV cameraman (Lemmon) hatches an insurance fraud scheme with his brother-in-law (Matthau), a larcenous lawyer, when he's injured while working a football game. While wrestling with his conscience, the cameraman must also wrestle with the difficulties of masquerading as a wheelchair-bound invalid and with his greedy ex-wife, who returns to the fold in anticipation of a large settlement. Typically cynical Wilder comedy with the unbeatable team of Lemmon and Matthau in good form.

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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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The Fortune Cookie (196 6)

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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Quotes from

Harry Hinkle: Florida and Mustangs and foxes, how are you gonna pay for all of this?
Willie Gingrich: Our credit is good.
Harry Hinkle: Well don't you think we better wait 'til we see some of that insurance money?
Willie Gingrich: Wait? Who waits nowadays? Take the government. When they shoot a billion dollars worth of hardware into space, do you think they pay cash? It's all on the Diner's Club!


Willie Gingrich: Unwed mothers? I'm for that!


Professor Winterhalter: All these newfangled machines. Fake! It proves nothing. In the old days, we used to do these things better. The man says he's paralyzed, we simply throw him in the snake pit. If he climbs out, then we know he's lying.
Specialist #1: [shocked] And if he doesn't climb out?
Professor Winterhalter: Then we have lost the patient, but we have found an honest man.


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Facts about

Jack Lemmon's wheelchair ballet "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To", lasts 3-1/4 minutes and was completed in one take.
Marked the first pairing of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, who subsequently worked together on 11 additional films (including Kotch, in which Lemmon directed Matthau).
The Fortune Cookie was the first on-screen collaboration between Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.
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