The Fortune Cookie

fortune cookie
Comedy

1966

Director: Billy Wilder CastJack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Judi West, Ron Rich, Marge Redmond, Lurene Tuttle

Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Walter Matthau)

Also Nominated For: Best Original Screenplay (Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond); Best Cinematography; Black-and-White; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration; Black-and-White

I First Saw In: 2015

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

Did You Know? This was Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau’s first collaboration. They worked on 11 additional films together.

And now a Word from the Guise:
I just love Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau; they were superlative in comedic timing and had such inimitable chemistry. So I was quite disappointed with this film. The best way I can describe it is that it’s a subdued farce. In particular, I didn’t care for Lurene Tuttle’s portrayal of Harry Hinkle’s whimsically hysterical mother; it was hyperbolic to the point annoyance.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233

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