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TCM 31 Days of Oscar – The Fortune Cookie

TCM 31 Days of Oscar

TCM 31 Days of Oscar

I’ve challenged myself to watch a movie every day from Turner Classic Movie channel’s 31 Days of Oscar. And I’m going to be focusing on the movies I haven’t seen yet, with maybe just a few rewatch movies.

Here is my 7th day and movie of my challenge to TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar.

The Fortune Cookie

The Fortune Cookie 1966

7 out of 10 stars

1966 Comedy. Starring Jack Lemmon as Harry Hinkle, Walter Matthau as William H. “Whiplash Willie” Gingrich, and Ron Rich as Luther “Boom Boom” Jackson. Along Cliff Osmond and Les Tremayne.

The 360 Game: North by Northwest stars Les Tremayne, who was also in The Fortune Cookie along with Jack Lemmon of was in the next film shown Days of Wine and Roses.

And the Oscar goes toWalter Matthau won the 1966 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this film.

And the Oscar did not go to… nominations for Art Direction-Set Decoration (Black-and-White) (Robert Luthardt, Edward G. Boyle), Best Cinematography (Black-and-White), and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay.

Short Synopsis: A crooked lawyer persuades his brother-in-law to feign a serious injury. (125 mins.)

My Thoughts: This is Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau’s first appearance together on screen. Their on-screen banter comedy is great. I chose this one for the Football theme because of Super Bowl Sunday. For those looking for a sports comedy movie, this is a really good pick.


The Play by Play Thoughts

The Fortune Cookie

0:03 1. The Accident. Oh look, they’ve made titles for the Play by Play for me. Cute considering the Football theme.

0:06 Keith Jackson the sports announcer. “Looks like “Boom Boom” Jackson has not only racked up 55 yards, but also our cameraman.” Jack Lemmon showing the dangers of being a cameraman on the sidelines. And it’s got a football player more concerned for Jack than playing the game.

0:08 2. The Brother-in-law. Wow, sure is cold hearted. Tells his Mother-in-law to shut up (and not just once). And instead of feeling concerned for his brother-in-law, William (played by Walter Matthau) only has eyes for $$ dollar signs. Ha. Lawyers.

The Fortune Cookie

0:14 3. The Caper. Mr. Jackson, the Football player to the Nun, “Give her 12 and a half points.” Just after telling the nuns at the hospital that it’s against the NFL’s laws to fix the game, he gives these odds to her. I guess if it’s a Nun making bets than it’s ok.

As for William’s plans (or The Caper), crazy

The Fortune Cookie

0:31 4. The Legal Eagles. The lawyers.

The Fortune Cookie

0:38 5. The Chinese Lunch. Harry’s not happy about that cocktail medicines William has in store for him to pass the doctors inspections.

The Fortune Cookie

0:48 6. The Snake Pit. Crazy doctors. This was still a funny scene never the less.

The Fortune Cookie

0:51 7. The Gemini Plan. William: “Ha. Now look Sister, I asked you to pray for him, but we don’t want any miracles.” And yet I suspect that they’ll need that miracle.

The Fortune Cookie

0:54 8. The Torch. The Ex Wife. She sure is a shady character.

The Fortune Cookie

1:00 9. The Goldfish Bowl . Harry: “Give [the money] to Charity!” William: “How’d you guess? That’s the plan.” (Evil grin)

The Fortune Cookie

1:14 10. The Return of Tinker Bell. The Ex Wife is back, and hoping to add some more money to her alimony checks

The Fortune Cookie

1:23 11. The Longest Night. That’s for sure. Now it’s just getting a bit carried away. But at least Matthew and Jack are bringing the comedy.

The Fortune Cookie

1:30 12. The Other Blond. Poor Boom Boom.

The Fortune Cookie

1:32 13. The Indian Giver. The insurance guys hoping to catch Harry faking.

The Fortune Cookie

1:38 14. The Taste of Money. The lawyers bargaining. And Harry’s office seriously needs a filing system.

The Fortune Cookie

1:47 15. The Better Mousetrap. Loved the gymnastics stunts Harry did.

The Fortune Cookie

1:58 16. The Final Score. Finally coming to the end.

2:06 “Come on. Play ball. Let’s go.” And the end. A good finish too.

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