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The Apartment (15-Jun-1960)

Director: Billy Wilder

Writers: Billy Wilder; I. A. L. Diamond

Music by: Adolph Deutsch

Producer: Billy Wilder

Keywords: Romantic Comedy, New York, New Year's Eve

Jack Lemmon is C. C. Baxter, cog in the enormous machine of an insurance company. To vault ahead a bit, he allows his superiors access to his ideally situated Manhattan apartment for their extramarital canoodling, but word gets out and it becomes a bit too popular. To make matters worse, Baxter makes a date with a pretty elevator girl, which she misses because... she's in his apartment... with his boss, Fred MacMurray. Won 5 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay; received 5 additional nominations including Best Actor and Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Cinematography. Entered 1994 into the National Film Registry.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Edie Adams
Actor
16-Apr-1925 15-Oct-2008 Lover Come Back
Jack Kruschen
Actor
20-Mar-1922 2-Apr-2002 The Apartment
Jack Lemmon
Actor
8-Feb-1925 27-Jun-2001 The Odd Couple
Shirley MacLaine
Actor
24-Apr-1934   Terms of Endearment
Fred MacMurray
Actor
30-Aug-1908 6-Nov-1991 The Absent-Minded Professor
Joan Shawlee
Actor
5-Mar-1926 22-Mar-1987 The Adventures of Aggie
Ray Walston
Actor
2-Dec-1914 1-Jan-2001 My Favorite Martian
Willard Waterman
Actor
29-Aug-1914 2-Feb-1995 The Great Gildersleeve
David White
Actor
4-Apr-1916 27-Nov-1990 Larry Tate on Bewitched

CAST

Jack Lemmon   ...   C. C. Baxter ("Bud")
Shirley MacLaine   ...   Fran Kubelik
Fred MacMurray   ...   J. D. Sheldrake
Co-Starring
Ray Walston   ...   Mr. Dobisch
With
Jack Kruschen   ...   Dr. Dreyfuss
David Lewis   ...   Al Kirkeby
Hope Holiday   ...   Margie MacDougall
Joan Shawlee   ...   Sylvia
Naomi Stevens   ...   Mrs. Dreyfuss
Johnny Seven   ...   Karl Matuschka
Joyce Jameson   ...   Blonde
Willard Waterman   ...   Mr. Vanderhoff
David White   ...   Mr. Eichelberger
And
Edie Adams   ...   Miss Olsen

REVIEWS

Review by Michael Lesch (posted on 26-Oct-2008)

The definitive movie for the comedy/drama genre Billy Wilder's "The Apartment" is a film which can produce some of the biggest laughs and at the same time... can bring many viewers to tears, Billy Wilder's quaint little tale about everyday people who get tangled up in love, jealousy and infidelity boasts a top-notch cast led by the trio of Lemmon, MacLaine and MacMurray who are tremendous. The plot revolves around C.C. (Lemmon) who unknowingly makes the unethical attempt of climbing the corporate ladder by 'loaning' his apartment to members from his management chain to entertain their 'women on the side'. Given the change of circumstances, this premise certainly could even hit home in the current office environment. Although the office party and secretarial gossip scenes could be viewed as dated, the power and attitude of the corporate executive, Mr. Sheldrake (MacMurray) is certainly symbolic. The character of Fran (MacLaine) for today's standards of course seems too submissive and vulnerable but the reward of her finding true, admirable, unconditional companionship is quite enriching and fulfilling to any who see this memorable film.


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