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Actor + Director | 40 Great Collaborations In Movies
6. Jack Lemmon & Billy Wilder   View Complete List Back Page 6/40 Next

Billy Wilder
7
films
Jack Lemmon

Best Film
While Lemmon in drag is a sight for the ages in Some Like It Hot, The Apartment is the most accomplished of their films, showcasing Wilder's brilliant dialogue and eye for social satire, and Lemmon's nebbish charm in full flight.
Notable Pairings
Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, The Front Page

What's The Secret Of Their Success?
Billy Wilder essentially discovered Jack Lemmon, turning him from supporting character to leading man. The funny thing is that Wilder often complained that Lemmon was an overactor who had to be reined in - but Wilder proved able to draw out performances that were hilarious but restrained, and which remain iconic.

Were They As Good With Anyone Else?
It's undeniable that both made great films with other people - Wilder made the likes of Sunset Boulevard and Ace in the Hole, Lemmon films like Days of Wine and Roses and Glengarry Glen Ross - but few of those other films had the charm, wit and humour of these collaborations.


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