Cinema: The O.D. Couple


Directed by Billy Wilder Screenplay by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond

They just look funny. Jack Lemmon: personification of the Excedrin headache, his sinus cavities almost visible, the corners of his mouth wrenched in a clown's grimace as the voice machine-guns a blast of staccato croaks. Walter Matthau: the epitome of slob insouciance, a flophouse face and shaggy-dog body, wearing clothes like rumpled bed sheets, maneuvering across a room like a hunchback tiptoeing on roller skates. To see either one is to smile; to see them together, in The Fortune Cookie or The Odd Couple or here, working variations on...

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