Hook, Line & Sinker (1969 film)
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Hook, Line & Sinker is a 1969 American comedy film starring Jerry Lewis. It was shot from April 1 — June 20, 1968 and released on June 6, 1969 by Columbia Pictures. This was the final film for director George Marshall, whose career dated back to 1916. This was also Lewis' last movie for Columbia.
|Hook, Line & Sinker|
|Directed by||George Marshall|
|Produced by||Jerry Lewis|
|Written by||Rod Amateau|
|Music by||Dick Stabile|
|Cinematography||W. Wallace Kelley|
|Edited by||Russel Wiles|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Box office||395,484 admissions (France)|
He recalls his past life in California as an insurance salesman. His best friend, Dr. Scott Carter (Peter Lawford), breaks the news that Peter only has a short time left to live. His wife (Anne Francis), although distraught, tells Peter to take the fishing excursion he has always dreamed of, advising him to charge it to credit cards. He runs up a bill of $100,000.
While traveling abroad, Peter is contacted by Dr. Carter and told that he was misdiagnosed and isn't dying. Now burdened with a large debt, Peter is urged by Dr. Carter to fake his death to avoid paying the bills and so his wife can collect a $150,000 life insurance policy. After seven years, when the statute of limitations is up, he can reappear.
Peter discovers that the whole thing was a scheme concocted by his wife and doctor, who are having an affair. He proceeds to wreck their plans.
However, while fishing in Chile, he ends up in that unusual predicament on that operating table ... with a marlin swordfish piercing his chest.
- Jerry Lewis as Peter Ingersoll
- Peter Lawford as Dr. Scott Carter
- Anne Francis as Nancy Ingersoll
- Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez as Perfecto
- Eleanor Audley as Mrs. Durham
- Henry Corden as Kenyon Hammercher
- Sylvia Lewis as Karlotta Hammercher
- Phillip Pine as Chief Surgeon
- Felipe Turich as Foreign Mortician
- Kathleen Freeman as Mrs. Hardtack, babysitter
- Murray Alper as Member - Board of Inquiry
- Larry J. Blake as Chief of Police
- Scatman Crothers as the Corpse
- Frankie Darro as Delivery Man
- Byron Foulger as Funeral Director
- Stella Garcia as Arm Wrestling Girl
- Del Moore as TV Clergyman
- John Nolan as Carte Blanche Man
- William O'Connell as Hotel Clerk
- Barbara Pepper as Peter's secretary
- Davis Roberts as Member - Board of Inquiry
- Andy Romano as Portuguese Morgue Attendant
- Benny Rubin as Veterinarian
- Harlan Warde as District Attorney
- Kenneth Washington as Bell Captain
- William Wellman Jr. as CIA Man
Hook, Line & Sinker was filmed under the working title Kook's Tour.
The film was shot at the Columbia Ranch in Burbank using the exterior of the same house seen on TV's Gidget (1965-66). The interior scenes were filmed on the same sound stage used for TV's Bewitched (1964-72), although the colour scheme was substantially altered.
The film was released on DVD through Sony Pictures manufacture on demand program on November 6, 2012. It was re-released on DVD in a Jerry Lewis Triple Feature collection with Three on a Couch (1966) and Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River (1968) on January 16, 2018.
- Jerry Lewis films French box office information at Box Office Story
- Hook, Line, and Sinker (1969) - "Complete cast" section on IMDb
- Neibaur, James L and Ted Okuda (1995). The Jerry Lewis Films: An Analytical Filmography of the Innovative Clown. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland & Company, Inc. pp 206.
- Barbara Pepper on IMDb
- Amazon.com DVD release data, retrieved Nov. 19, 2018