Trading Places

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Dan Aykroyd pictured in 2009. Paramount Pictures saw Aykroyd's success as tied to his partnership with the late John Belushi, and the studio did not want to cast him, but his previous work with director John Landis helped him to secure the role
The Curtis Institute of Music pictured in 2010. The building was used as the exterior of the Heritage Club where Winthorpe and Valentine first meet.
Winthorpe, Valentine, Ophelia, and Coleman retire with their gains to a tropical beach. The scene was shot on location in St Croix in the United States Virgin Islands.
Jamie Lee Curtis pictured in 2018. She was dismissed as only a horror film star before her critically well-received breakthrough performance in Trading Places.
Eddie Murphy pictured in 2010. His successes with 48 Hrs. and Trading Places elevated him to film superstardom.
A drawing from the 1882 novel The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain. Trading Places is seen as a modern retelling of that story and Twain's 1893 short story The Million Pound Bank Note.

1983 American comedy film directed by John Landis, with a screenplay by Timothy Harris and Herschel Weingrod.

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Landis at San Diego Comic-Con in 2016

Deborah Nadoolman Landis

American costume designer, author, and professor.

American costume designer, author, and professor.

Landis at San Diego Comic-Con in 2016

Trading Places (1983)

Belushi in 2015

Jim Belushi

American actor, comedian and musician.

American actor, comedian and musician.

Belushi in 2015
Belushi at the 39th Venice International Film Festival in 1982
Belushi in House of Blues in Houston, 2008

Belushi also appeared in the film Trading Places as a drunk man in a gorilla suit during a New Year's Eve party.

Curtis at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con

Jamie Lee Curtis

American actress, producer, author, and activist.

American actress, producer, author, and activist.

Curtis at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Curtis with her mother, Janet Leigh, in 1960
Curtis at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival
Curtis at the 1989 Primetime Emmy Awards
Curtis autographing a copy of her children's book in 2010
Curtis speaking at an event in support of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in September 2016

Curtis's film work spans many genres, including the cult comedies Trading Places (1983)—for which she won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress—and A Fish Called Wanda (1988), for which she received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress.

Bellamy in 1934

Ralph Bellamy

American actor whose career spanned 62 years on stage, film, and television.

American actor whose career spanned 62 years on stage, film, and television.

Bellamy in 1934
Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell and Bellamy in a publicity shot for His Girl Friday (1940)
Gloria McGehee and Ralph Bellamy in Man Against Crime (1953)
Guest stars for the 1961 premiere episode of The Dick Powell Show, "Who Killed Julie Greer?". Standing, from left: Ronald Reagan, Nick Adams, Lloyd Bridges, Mickey Rooney, Edgar Bergen, Jack Carson, Ralph Bellamy, Kay Thompson, Dean Jones. Seated, from left: Carolyn Jones and Dick Powell.
As Franklin D. Roosevelt (1960)

This was quickly followed by his role as Randolph Duke, a conniving millionaire commodities trader in Trading Places (1983) alongside Don Ameche.

Curtis in 1979

Kelly Curtis

American actress.

American actress.

Curtis in 1979

Trading Places (1983) as Muffy

The Silhouettes

The Silhouettes

American doo wop/R&B group, whose single "Get a Job" was a number 1 hit on the Billboard R&B singles chart and pop singles chart in 1958.

American doo wop/R&B group, whose single "Get a Job" was a number 1 hit on the Billboard R&B singles chart and pop singles chart in 1958.

The Silhouettes

"Get a Job"' is included in the soundtracks of the film American Graffiti, Trading Places and Stand By Me.

The Silhouettes

Get a Job (song)

Song by the Silhouettes released in November 1957.

Song by the Silhouettes released in November 1957.

The Silhouettes

The song was later featured in the soundtracks of the movies American Graffiti (1973), Stand By Me (1986), Trading Places (1983), Get a Job (1985), Joey (1986), and Good Morning, Vietnam (1987).

A page of a screenplay

Herschel Weingrod

American screenwriter.

American screenwriter.

A page of a screenplay

He has written and co-written a number of Hollywood blockbusters including Trading Places, Twins, Kindergarten Cop and Space Jam with fellow writer Timothy Harris.

Timothy Harris (writer)

American author, screenwriter and producer.

American author, screenwriter and producer.

With Weingrod, Harris collaborated on several projects writing stories and screenplays for films such as Trading Places, Brewster's Millions, Twins, Kindergarten Cop and Space Jam.

Bo Diddley in 1957

Bo Diddley

American singer, guitarist, songwriter and music producer who played a key role in the transition from the blues to rock and roll.

American singer, guitarist, songwriter and music producer who played a key role in the transition from the blues to rock and roll.

Bo Diddley in 1957
Diddley on tour in Japan with the Japanese band Bo Gumbos
Bo Diddley at the Long Beach Jazz Festival, 1997 (with drummer Dave Johnson)
Bo Diddley in 2002
"Bo Diddley beat" /Son clave.

In 1983, he made a cameo appearance as a Philadelphia pawn shop owner in the comedy film Trading Places.