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The Apartment Overview:

The Apartment (1960) was a Romance - Comedy Film directed by Billy Wilder and produced by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond and Doane Harrison.

The film was based on the musical Promises, Promises written by Neil Simon performed at the Shubert Theatre, NY from Dec 1, 1968 - Jan 1, 1972.

OVERVIEW:

C.C. "Bud" Baxter (Jack Lemmon) knows the way to success in business... it's through the door of his apartment! By providing a perfect hideaway for philandering bosses, the ambitious young employee reaps a series of undeserved promotions. But when Bud 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.

FACT FROM THE VAULT:

It was so cold the night Jack Lemmon "slept" in rainy Central Park, that he was sprayed with anti-freeze to prevent the water from turning to ice!

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The Apartment was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1994.

Academy Awards 1960 --- Ceremony Number 33 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorJack LemmonNominated
Best Supporting ActorJack KruschenNominated
Best ActressShirley MacLaineNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Alexander Trauner; Set Decoration: Edward G. BoyleWon
Best CinematographyJoseph LaShelleNominated
Best DirectorBilly WilderWon
Best Film EditingDaniel MandellWon
Best PictureBilly Wilder, ProducerWon
Best WritingBilly Wilder, I. A. L. DiamondWon
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BlogHub Articles:

The Apartment (1960)

By Beatrice on Feb 15, 2017 From Flickers in Time

The Apartment Directed by Billy Wilder Written by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond 1960/USA Mirisch Corporation Repeat viewing/Netflix rental One of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die I watch Billy Wilder’s bittersweet romantic comedy almost every New Year’s Eve.  It never gets ... Read full article


A Villain’s Résumé: J.D. Sheldrake of THE APARTMENT (1960)

By Julia on May 20, 2016 From Cinema Crossroads

SPOILER ALERT: This post reveals key plot points that could detract from your enjoyment of the film if you have yet to see it. As the late Roger Ebert once wrote, “Each film is only as good as its villain,” and “only a great villain can transform a good try into a triumph.” T... Read full article


The Apartment (1960)

By Carol Martinheira on Dec 31, 2015 From The Old Hollywood Garden

The Apartment (1960) On December 31, 2015December 31, 2015 By CarolMartinheira This was coming sooner or later. I should tell you that The Apartment (1960) is my favorite movie of all time, so I might be biased here, but bear with me. I’ve decided to only write this no... Read full article


The Apartment (1960) – Updated

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 5, 2015 From 4 Star Films

What has always stood out to me about Billy Wilder’s films and the writing behind them is that you can almost always observe cynicism paired with wit. They are continually sharp, often funny, but they also are underlined by more serious topics altogether. This quality is what allowed him to ma... Read full article


Review: The Apartment (1960)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 5, 2015 From 4 Star Films

What has always stood out to me about Billy Wilder’s films and the writing behind them is that you can almost always observe cynicism paired with wit. They are continually sharp, often funny, but they also are underlined by more serious topics altogether. This quality is what allowed him to ma... Read full article


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Quotes from

C.C. Baxter: [Opens his bedroom door, tosses a pair of gloves in, and is about to step out, but he has seen Fran lying on the bed] All right, Miss Kubelik, get up.
[No response from the unconscious Fran]
C.C. Baxter: It's past checking-out time. The management would greatly appreciate it if you would get the hell out of here!
[Still no response]
C.C. Baxter: I used to like you. I used to like you a lot. But it's all over between us. So beat it!
[No responss]
C.C. Baxter: Oh, you, tee, out!
[No response]
C.C. Baxter: C'mon, wake up!
[Tries to drag her out, and she falls limp. Then he catches sight of the bottle of sleeping pills]
C.C. Baxter: Oh, my God...!


Fran Kubelik: You fool. You damn fool.


J.D. Sheldrake: Say, Baxter, you gave me the wrong key.
C.C. Baxter: No, I didn't.
J.D. Sheldrake: But this is the key to the executive washroom.
C.C. Baxter: That's right, Mr. Sheldrake. I won't be needing it because I'm all washed up around here.


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Facts about

The studio wanted Groucho Marx for the role of Dr. Dreyfuss, but Billy Wilder said no, stating that he wanted an actor with more dramatic weight for the part.
The nasal spray used by Jack Lemmon was actually milk. Real nasal spray would not have shown up on camera.
Shirley MacLaine filmed her famous cameo in Ocean's Eleven during a break in filming this movie.
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