Yet another great Billy Wilder movie that I was watching for the second time during the Tuesdays with Bart series.
This one is about a TV cameraman played by Jack Lemmon who gets run over by a Browns running back, Boom Boom Jackson, during a game. Lemmon is willing to let bygones be bygones but his shyster brother-in-law played by Walter Matthau knows an opportunity when he sees one. Get as much insurance money as possible!
Jackson feels guilty and befriends Lemmon so he can help him mend from his "injuries." Lemmon feels guilty. Matthau cracks one classic line after another. Cliff Osmond as the insurance detective is also a highlight.
Two of my favorite Matthau lines from the movie.
To his kids - "Why don't you kids go play on the freeway?"
To a woman collecting for unwed mothers - "Unwed mothers? I'm for that!"
This might not be as good as Kiss Me, Stupid but it's still pretty damn good.
Directed by Billy Wilder
Fourth of July, 2014
20 hours ago