Chapter

Grifters

GENE D. PHILLIPS

in Some Like It Wilder

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125701
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135403 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125701.003.0015
Grifters

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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

Chapter.  10566 words. 

Subjects: Film

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