American Masters (1985– )

Billy Wilder: The Human Comedy 

A profile of writer-director Billy Wilder.


Mel Stuart


Robert Mundi


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Episode credited cast:
I.A.L. Diamond ... Himself
William Friedkin ... Himself
Jack Lemmon ... Himself
Shirley MacLaine ... Herself
Walter Matthau ... Himself / Narrator
Nancy Olson ... Herself
Richard Schickel ... Himself
Ron Shelton ... Himself
Robert Towne ... Himself
Billy Wilder ... Himself
Audrey Young ... Herself (as Audrey Wilder)


A one-hour profile of Billy Wilder, the writer-director whose movies include "Double Indemnity", "The Lost Weekend", "Sunset Blvd.", "Ace in the Hole", "Stalag 17", "Sabrina", "The Seven Year Itch", "Witness for the Prosecution", "Some Like It Hot", "The Apartment", "Irma La Douce", "The Fortune Cookie" and "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes". Included: clips from those films; comments from Wilder, Walter Matthau (who also narrates), Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Nancy Olson, I.A.L. Diamond, Audrey Wilder, critic Richard Schickel, and writer-directors Robert Towne, William Friedkin and Ron Shelton. Written by alfiehitchie

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4 February 1998 (USA) See more »

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