Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1966. The Mirisch Corporation, Phalanx-Jalem. Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond. Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle. Produced by Billy Wilder. Music by Andre Previn. Production Design by Robert Luthardt. Costume Design by Charles Arrico, Paula Giokaris. Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.
This was the first time that Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau were teamed up on screen, and from this point on a legendary cinematic pairing was born. Lemmon plays an unhappily married business man who is persuaded by his money-grubbing brother-in-law to play up a minor injury into a major lawsuit that they could both strike it rich on. The comedy these two produce between them far outweighs anything that director Billy Wilder can come up with as either writer or director, but that isn’t necessarily a criticism. Think of it as a younger, less popular sibling to The Apartment.
Academy Award: Best Supporting Actor (Walter Matthau)
Nominations: Best Original Story and Screenplay; Best Cinematography-BW; Best Art Direction-BW
Golden Globe Award Nomination: Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Walter Matthau)