Hook, Line and Sinker (1969)

92 mins | Comedy | 1969

Director:

George Marshall

Producer:

Jerry Lewis

Cinematographer:

Wallace Kelley

Production Designer:

John Beckman

Production Company:

Jerry Lewis Films
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in San Diego, California. ...

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Location scenes filmed in San Diego, California.

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PERSONAL & COMPANY INDEX CREDITS
CREDIT
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Jerry Lewis Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Story
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
W. Wallace Kelley
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Men's ward
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Scr supv
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
Boston opening: 16 Apr 1969
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Jerry Lewis Films
1 April 1969
LP36821
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
92
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

As he is about to be operated on in a hospital amphitheater in Chile, a patient calling himself Fred Dobbs recalls his past life as Peter Ingersoll, a struggling California insurance salesman with a wife, Nancy, and two small children: One day, Peter's best friend, Dr. Scott Carter, informs him that he is suffering from a serious heart malfunction and has only a few months to live. When Nancy hears the sad news, she persuades Peter to go on a worldwide fishing trip, using nothing but credit cards for payment. But Peter's last fling is cut short in Portugal when Carter arrives with word that the electrocardiograph was malfunctioning and Peter's heart is healthy. Faced with $100,000 in credit card debts, Peter agrees to Carter's suggestion that he fake his death, allow Nancy to collect his insurance money, and stay in hiding until the 7-year statute of limitations has expired. Using the dead body of a Negro for a corpse, Carter signs Peter's death certificate, and Peter assumes the identity of Fred Dobbs. But Peter discovers by accident that Nancy and Carter cooked up the scheme to get rid of him, and he works out a diabolical revenge. Switching the corpses of the Negro and a dead Southern colonel, Peter drops one of Carter's calling cards into the colonel's coffin and then takes off for Chile. After the colonel's widow finds the wrong corpse and Carter's calling card in her husband's casket, law officers appear at Peter's funeral and arrest Nancy and Carter as they are about to bury the colonel. Back in the operating room, the patient explains that he was living a perfectly happy life on a ...

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As he is about to be operated on in a hospital amphitheater in Chile, a patient calling himself Fred Dobbs recalls his past life as Peter Ingersoll, a struggling California insurance salesman with a wife, Nancy, and two small children: One day, Peter's best friend, Dr. Scott Carter, informs him that he is suffering from a serious heart malfunction and has only a few months to live. When Nancy hears the sad news, she persuades Peter to go on a worldwide fishing trip, using nothing but credit cards for payment. But Peter's last fling is cut short in Portugal when Carter arrives with word that the electrocardiograph was malfunctioning and Peter's heart is healthy. Faced with $100,000 in credit card debts, Peter agrees to Carter's suggestion that he fake his death, allow Nancy to collect his insurance money, and stay in hiding until the 7-year statute of limitations has expired. Using the dead body of a Negro for a corpse, Carter signs Peter's death certificate, and Peter assumes the identity of Fred Dobbs. But Peter discovers by accident that Nancy and Carter cooked up the scheme to get rid of him, and he works out a diabolical revenge. Switching the corpses of the Negro and a dead Southern colonel, Peter drops one of Carter's calling cards into the colonel's coffin and then takes off for Chile. After the colonel's widow finds the wrong corpse and Carter's calling card in her husband's casket, law officers appear at Peter's funeral and arrest Nancy and Carter as they are about to bury the colonel. Back in the operating room, the patient explains that he was living a perfectly happy life on a fishing boat off the coast of Chile until his chest was pierced by a swordfish.

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