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Some Like It WilderThe Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder$
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Gene D. Phillips

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125701

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125701.001.0001

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Grifters

Grifters

Kiss Me, Stupid and the Fortune Cookie

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Some Like It Wilder
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GENE D. PHILLIPS

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125701.003.0015

Billy Wilder offended the Catholic Legion of Decency mightily when he made Kiss Me, Stupid. It was definitely not family entertainment, nor could it be retooled into a family film. The Legion of Decency took a dim view of this film. It was also viewed in Europe not as a prurient movie but as a film aimed at thoughtful adults. When one sees Kiss Me, Stupid today, now that the controversy has died down, one can see that it is a knockabout farce and that is all that it ever was. Moreover, Wilder and Diamond developed a scenario called The Fortune Cookie, about Harry Hinkle, a TV cameraman accidentally knocked cold by a football player, Luther “Boom Boom” Jackson, during a game. Harry allows his brother-in-law, “Whiplash Willie” Gingrich, a crooked lawyer, to lure him into filing a fraudulent insurance claim to acquire the fortune he needs to win back his greedy ex-wife. It is the first of three Wilder films that are linked by an exploration of male friendship. Wilder was relieved that he experienced no censorship problems with The Fortune Cookie.

Keywords:   Kiss Me, Stupid, The Fortune Cookie, Billy Wilder, Catholic Legion of Decency, Diamond, Harry Hinkle, Luther Boom Boom Jackson, Whiplash Willie Gingrich

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