Live Poll: When Life Gives You Lemons... Watch a Jack Lemmon Movie

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Jack Lemmon's formidable talent and craft included his range: he could do drama and comedy with equal success. Filmmakers took notice and cast him in so many different kinds of roles that Lemmon's great versatility became part of his appeal among audiences: when we're down and want to feel understood or gain insight, we can watch one of his dramas; when we're down and want to be distracted and laugh, we can cheer up with one of his comedies. No matter what life gives you, there's a Jack Lemmon film to help. Which of his performances have you most appreciated?

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Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/beG1gWU8gfg/

I am waiting for one photo to be approved and am still deciding on which image to use for 'The Apartment.' Suggestions welcome, of course. Thank you!
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Grumpy Old Men
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FYC: 
Out to Sea (1997), a severely underrated Lemmon-Matthau collaboration. 
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Thank you! 'Added.
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Thanks! 'Added. 
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Ruby, thanks for doing this poll. It is nice to see some attention given to one the giants of the film industry.

I have a couple thoughts and I am unsure whether you want to keep the poll at 25 options or would be willing to go to 35 options (since Lemmon has 106 movie credits). I definitely think you have the top fifteen covered, it is next tier of movies that is subject to debate. I have listed a couple candidates that I think deserve consideration, they seem to be ranked by some, as among his Top 25 movies and are 6.5-7.5 IMDb rated. I also added some better poll worthy images to the database.

Top Jack Lemmon Movie Lists
Highest IMDb Rated Feature Film/TV Movie Titles With Jack Lemmon
The Best to Worst Jack Lemmon Movies - Ranker
Jack Lemmon: 10 essential films
They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That No More – Jack Lemmon

Jack Lemmon Second Tier Movie Candidates 6.5-7.5 IMDb rated.
Inherit the Wind (1999 TV Movie) Photo Gallery Hyperlink
Tuesdays with Morrie (1999 TV Movie) Photo Gallery Hyperlink
The Fortune Cookie (1966) Photo Gallery Hyperlink
Avanti! (1972) Photo Gallery Hyperlink
Good Neighbor Sam (1964) Photo Gallery Hyperlink
Bell Book and Candle
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Operation Mad Ball (1957) Photo Gallery Hyperlink

Jack Lemmon Third Tier Movie Candidates 5.5-6.5 IMDb rated.
The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960) Photo Gallery Hyperlink
Dad (1989) Photo Gallery Hyperlink
Airport '77 (1977) Photo Gallery Hyperlink

That said I caught Operation Mad Ball (1957) and Bell Book and Candle (1958) on TCM a couple months back. I had never heard of these early Jack Lemmon films. But, I was impressed both by the movies and the fact Jack Lemmon was the best thing in both. I LOVE THE TITLE,  When Life Gives You Lemons... Watch a Jack Lemmon Movie
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Thank you, so much, Urb! I forgot about both 'The Fortune Cookie' and 'Avanti!' so thank you for the IMDb list, which reminded me. Since you mentioned adding some photos to the database, I wonder if you and I both uploaded the same picture from 'JFK,' and cropped it in the same way, lol, because there are two new ones that are exactly the same image and the only one I could seem to find anywhere online. 'Great minds think alike. 

In a few hours, I'm going to add at least a few more, based on your list and whether some new photos are ready yet. I wanted to add 'Inherit the Wind' originally so I'm glad that there's a better image now and I didn't upload it, so thank you for adding that, as well as all of your feedback and help. It means a lot, especially because Lemmon was my Dad's favorite actor and he died recently so I really wanted to make this poll as good as possible. I actually originally made the first version of the list a year ago as a birthday present for my Dad. He liked the photos using the Media Viewer. 
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WOW, that looks much better visually from when you started and with what you had to work with. Yes, I had the same thought that you needed a JFK solo shot instead of a two-shot for your poll. So, you are right. I was surprised Jack Lemmon has 802 images, yet so many of his movies didn't have any decent images or even worse NO images at all. I am probably a bigger Spencer Tracy, Gary Cooper, Jimmy Stewart fan, but Jack Lemmon is one of my favorites too.
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There are so many levels of appreciation when it comes to the unique case of Jack Lemmon.

I "appreciated" his performance in The Odd Couple because during the 'tic' part (FMUUUH!) I thought I was going to have either a jaw-cramp or a seizure from laughing too hard.

 I "appreciated" his performance in Mister Roberts because he injected life and fun in a rather static and transparent film.

I "appreciated" his performance in Glengarry Glen Ross because he really made me feel he was at the lowest point of his life, a human wreck who'd sell his soul to the devil just to get a taste of his lost prime, only to lose his pride at the end and begs a man he had just insulted a few minutes before to let him keep his job, his "my daughter" was the epitome of pathos.

I "appreciated" his performance in The China Syndrome because he played a totally opposite role, a decent working man who loved his job but not to the point of alienation and I could feel the stress (emotional and professional) during the most nerve-wracking situations.

I "appreciated" his performance in Save the Tiger because it was a fine mix of sleazy charisma and hidden vulnerability plus it was quite a unique role he played... earning him his second Oscar.

... so tell me, how can I differentiate between all these levels of appreciation? It's just impossible, with any other actor, it could work, but Lemmon is so versatile, and I didn't even mention the bottle scene in Days of Wine and Roses, his chemistry with Sandy Dennis in The Out-of-Towners or his final scene in Some Like it Hot.
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FYC
The Legend of Bagger Vance. His very last movie. It was a cameo appearance, but he narrated the whole thing.
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Thanks, Ed. The photo isn't up yet but I'll keep an eye out for it. 
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Some like it Hot...it was quite funny!
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Thanks, Dan, for everything, including the adorable cheer-emoticons, lol. 
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Featured!!!
Congrats RF76
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Thanks, Ed.
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Still waiting. Thanks

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Amazing poll Ruby! He's one of my favorite actors ever; so much of who he was as an individual was on full display for so many of his roles. I'd go with his role as CC Baxter in The Apartment but man, he was good in everything. Well done on an awesome idea - the guy really needed his own poll 

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Thanks, Kyle. He's also one of my favorite actors and he was my Dad's big favorite. What you said about who he was, as a person, being on display in so many of his performances is such a great observation. 'How true and I really liked that about him, as well. He seemed so down-to-earth, humble, and honorable; that was certainly his reputation. 

Oh, and thank you, too, for the great emoticons! I miss those from the old poll board. :-)  (And I have to figure out how to use them, lol.)
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It was a very hard vote. Seeing all his works listed you realize how great he was.
I voted for his fantastic role in Mister Roberts.
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