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The Fortune Cookie
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The Fortune Cookie 1966

From Amazon: Billy Wilder's insurance-scam comedy, written with partner I.A.L. Diamond, is one of the legendary filmmaker's surlier efforts. Were it not for the star-making performance of Walter Matthau (which won him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor), it might not have registered so strongly with audiences. Shot in a grimy black and white, the story begins as CBS cameraman Harry Hinkle (Jack Lemmon) is injured on the sidelines of a football game when Cleveland Browns star Boom Boom Jackson (Ron Rich) accidentally barrels into him. Hinkle's all right, but his ambulance-chasing brother-in-law William Gingrich (Matthau), also known as "Whiplash...

Directed By:
No image existsBilly Wilder
Written By:
No image existsBilly Wilder
No image existsI.A.L. Diamond
No image existsJack Lemmon
No image existsWalter Matthau
No image existsRon Rich
No image existsCliff Osmond
No image existsJudi West
No image existsLurene Tuttle

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The Fortune Cookie Movie Review by Derringer (2/22/2014)

Released in 1966 - The Fortune Cookie was a surprisingly engaging, little comedy that was clearly power-driven by Walter Matthau's over-bearing, dry-witted performance as the cynical, All-American, shyster-lawyer, Willie "Whiplash" Gingrich.

When Willie's brother-in-law, Harry Hinkel (cameraman for CBS), is accidentally...

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