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Laserdisc THE FORTUNE COOKIE (1966) Jack Lemmon DLX LTBX Classic LD

Laserdisc THE FORTUNE COOKIE (1966) Jack Lemmon DLX LTBX Classic LD

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Laserdisc Title: "THE FORTUNE COOKIE (1966)"
Edition: Deluxe Letter-Box Edition (Double-Disc Set)
Special Features: ---Contains the original theatrical trailer---
Directed By: Billy Wilder
Starring: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ron Rich, Cliff Osmond, Judi West
Production / Year: 1966 Phalanx-Jalem Productions and The Mirisch Corporation
Running Time: 126 Minutes / B&W
Audio Format: Digital Sound, CX Encoded
Video Format: DLX LTBX, NTSC, CLV (Extended Play)
Miscellaneous Features: Not Rated
Distributed By: MGM/UA Home Video
Catalog / Spine Number: ML102145

Cosmetic Condition:
Disc (s): Excellent - Hardly noticeable to very minor hairline surface swirls, if any
Jacket: Excellent - Normal shelf wear, few creases, slightly worn-out corners or edges but no obvious signs of spines

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 Willie," has a lawsuit filed before Hinkle even wakes up at the hospital. Hinkle is reluctant to join in on the scheme, which involves staying in a wheelchair, until he realizes it may bring his ex-wife (Judi West) back, even though her eyes practically flash dollar signs at the thought of his case's settlement potential. Working on Hinkle's conscience, however, is a burgeoning friendship with Jackson, who feels horrible about the incident. Not as sure-footed or as brazenly funny as many other Wilder efforts, the film nevertheless boasts a comic turn by Matthau that is deliciously conniving and endlessly inventive. Wilder, Hollywood's most caustically funny blend of pessimist and optimist, doesn't even aim for balance here. He clearly loves Matthau's character above all others and lets him run the show. The Lemmon and Matthau franchise began here and would go on to include their reteaming for Wilder's films The Front Page and Buddy Buddy.There are two types of characters in the film. Those after money and those who are honest. And the ones who are honest are the happy characters and the characters who turn out all right in the end. It perfectly follows the format of films made during this era - good moral lessons. All in all, Fortune Kookie is a delightful film that will entertain you. Watch it if you enjoy the chemistry between these two wonderful actors.


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