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Apartment, The (1960)

Winner of five Academy Awards in 1960 including Best Film, The Apartment is legendary writer/director Billy Wilder at his scathing, satirical best.

Insurance Clerk C. C. ‘Bud’ Baxter (Jack Lemmon) has found the ideal way to gain the attention and approval of his bosses is to allow them to use his apartment as a perfect hideaway for their extramarital trysts.

apartment_002The ambitious young employee subsequently reaps a series of undeserved promotions, but when he lends the key to big boss J.D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray), he not only advances his career but his own love life as well.

For Sheldrake’s mistress is the lovely Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), elevator girl and angel of Bud’s dreams. Convinced that he is the only man for Fran, Bud must make the most important executive decision of his career – lose the girl or his job.

A controversial comedy when it was made, The Apartment is also brightly funny and deliciously cynical. Partly because it relies on a suicide attempt to make its point about how human beings should be treated, it’s also poignant.

Quite probably the template for all modern Hollywood romantic comedies.

CC “Bud” Baxter
Jack Lemmon
Fran Kubelik
Shirley MacLaine
JD Sheldrake
Fred MacMurray
Mr Dobisch
Ray Walston
Mr Kirkeby
David Lewis
Dr Dreyfuss
Jack Kruschen
Sylvia
Joan Shawlee
Miss Olsen
Edie Adams
Margie MacDougall
Hope Holiday
Karl Matuschka
Johnny Seven
Mrs Dreyfuss
Naomi Stevens
Mrs Lieberman
Frances Weintraub Lax
Blonde
Joyce Jameson
Mr Vanderhof
Willard Waterman
Mr Eichelberger
David White
Bartender
Benny Burt
Santa Claus
Hal Smith

Director
Billy Wilder

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