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Buddy Buddy

Walter Matthau is trying to pick off mob squealers with a rifle, but keeps getting interrupted by Jack Lemmon trying to kill himself in the adjoining room. That’s the hilarious premise of this misfiring Billy Wilder farce. When the nearest thing to a functioning comedy character is a sex therapist played by Klaus Kinski, perhaps it’s time to bring your illustrious career to as swift and dignified an end as possible before anything else like this happens. And to his credit, that’s exactly what the Viennese pixie did.



  1. George White

    January 18, 2024 at 7:29 pm

    Anyone else a fan of hos Fedora, even though it looks like an ep of Bergerac and as woth Buddy Buddy, costars a child molester (Stephen Collins)?

  2. Sidney Balmoral James

    January 18, 2024 at 10:09 pm

    Wilder’s films decline quite sharply in quality after 1960; a bit like John Huston he made some strange, clunky films, like Fedora, and The Front Page, but unlike Huston, had nothing of the quality of The Dead or Wise Blood to make up for it. Some people have a soft spot for The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, but you’d struggle to guess it was a Billy Wilder film if you didn’t know.

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