On 19 October 1966 the American film "The Fortune Cookie" is released. The film film stars Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, and is directed by Billy Wilder from a script by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond.
This film marked the first pairing of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, who subsequently worked together on 10 films: "The Fortune Cookie" (1966), "The Odd Couple" (1968), "Kotch" (1971), "The Front Page" (1974), "Buddy Buddy" (1981), "Grumpy Old Men" (1993), "The Grass Harp" (1995), "Grumpier Old Men" (1995), "Out to Sea" (1997), and "The Odd Couple II" (1998).
Wilder had to postpone production for weeks after Walter Matthau had a heart attack. Matthau's drastic weight loss from scene to scene is noticeable, 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.
|Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau|
CBS cameraman Harry Hinkle (Jack Lemmon) is knocked over during a football game by player Luther "Boom Boom" Jackson (Ron Rich). Hinkle's brother in law, Willie Gingrich (Walter Matthau) aka as "Whiplash Willie" the king of the ambulance chasing lawyers, starts a law suit...
- Jack Lemmon as Harry Hinkle
- Walter Matthau as Willie Gingrich
- Ron Rich as Luther Jackson
- Judi West as Sandy Hinkle
- Cliff Osmond as Purkey
- Lurene Tuttle as Mother Hinkle
|Ron Rich, Lurene Tuttle, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau|
|Judi West, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau|
- Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor: Walter Matthau (USA, 1966)
- Academy Awards, Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Walter Matthau (USA, 1967)
- Laurel Awards, Golden Laurel for Male Supporting Performance: Walter Matthau (USA, 1967)
The Fortune Cookie Trailer