Hook, Line & Sinker (1969 film)

Hook, Line & Sinker is a 1969 American comedy film produced by and starring Jerry Lewis. This was the final film for director George Marshall, whose career dated back to 1916 and Lewis' last movie for Columbia Pictures.

Hook, Line & Sinker
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Directed byGeorge Marshall
Produced byJerry Lewis
Screenplay byRod Amateau
Story byRod Amateau
David Davis
StarringJerry Lewis
Music byDick Stabile
CinematographyW. Wallace Kelley
Edited byRussel Wiles
Color processTechnicolor
Jerry Lewis Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • May 26, 1969 (1969-05-26) (New York City)
  • May 30, 1969 (1969-05-30) (Los Angeles)
  • June 6, 1969 (1969-06-06) (United States)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office395,484 admissions (France)[2]


Peter Ingersoll (Jerry Lewis) is about to undergo an operation at a hospital in Chile. Before beginning, the medical staff insists that he explain how his unusual condition came about.

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.



Hook, Line & Sinker was filmed under the working title Kook's Tour.[4]

The film was shot from April 1 — June 20, 1968 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.

This was veteran character actress Barbara Pepper's final role.[5]


The film opened at the Center theatre in Boston on April 13, 1969[1] and grossed $7,000 in its first week.[6] It went into general release on June 6, 1969.

It was the first Jerry Lewis film released under the MPAA's new film rating system. It was rated G.

Home mediaEdit

The film was released on DVD through Sony Pictures manufacture on demand program on November 6, 2012.[7] 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.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Hook, Line & Sinker at the American Film Institute Catalog
  2. ^ Jerry Lewis films French box office information at Box Office Story
  3. ^ Hook, Line, and Sinker (1969) - "Complete cast" section on IMDb
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Barbara Pepper at IMDb
  6. ^ "'Pacific' Hot 24G, Hub; 'Oliver' 26G". Variety. April 23, 1969. p. 9.
  7. ^ http://www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/catalog/catalogDetail_DVD043396414129.html
  8. ^ Amazon.com DVD release data, retrieved Nov. 19, 2018

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