Hook, Line & Sinker (1969 film)

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Hook, Line & Sinker
Directed by George Marshall
Produced by Jerry Lewis
Written by Rod Amateau
Starring Jerry Lewis
Peter Lawford
Anne Francis
Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez
Music by Dick Stabile
Cinematography W. Wallace Kelley
Edited by Russel Wiles
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • June 6, 1969 (1969-06-06)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office 395,484 admissions (France)[1]

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.


Peter Ingersoll 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, breaks the news that Peter only has a short time left to live. His wife, 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 swordfish (Marlin) piercing his chest.



Hook, Line & Sinker was filmed under the working title Kook's Tour.[2]

The film was shot on location at the Columbia Ranch where the Gidget House was used as the exterior of the house. The internal scenes were filmed on the same sound stage used for Bewitched, although the colour scheme was substantially altered.


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

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD through Sony Pictures manufacture on demand program on November 6, 2012.[3] It was re-released on DVD in a Jerry Lewis Triple Feature collection with Three on a Couch, and Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River on January 16, 2018.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jerry Lewis films French box office information at Box Office Story
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ http://www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/catalog/catalogDetail_DVD043396414129.html
  4. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Jerry-Lewis-Triple-Feature/dp/B076DQQRLY/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1510889966&sr=1-1&keywords=Jerry+Lewis

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