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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, Billy Wilder)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Nov 16, 2018 From The Stop Button

The Apartment does whatever it can to remain a dramatic comedy when it shouldn?t be anymore. And sort of isn?t. When the film shifts into real drama, there?s no going back. Director Wilder gets it too. The film has a good comedy opening, a breathtaking dramatic middle, and a decent comedy end. The c... Read full article


National Classic Movie Day: The Apartment is One Big Movie Hug

By FlickChick on May 15, 2018 From A Person in the Dark

This is my contribution to the Classic Comfort Movie Blogathon, hosted by Rick at The Classic Film & TV Cafe. Click HERE and find out what movies comfort us when we need a movie hug. it's an awesome lineup! Having a bad day? Whose day could be worse than CC Baxter’s? CC Baxter... Read full article


Screening of Billy Wilder's "The Apartment" at the Daystar Center December 9

By Stephen Reginald on Dec 9, 2017 From Classic Movie Man

Screening of Billy Wilder's "The Apartment" at the Daystar Center December 9 “Holiday” Series: The Apartment (1960) Where: Daystar Center, 1550 S. State Street When: December 9, 2017 Time: 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Stephen Reginald The Apartment (1960) features Bud Baxter (Jack Lemmon) ... Read full article


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 R?sum?: 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


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Quotes from

Dr. Dreyfuss: Nice veins.


J.D. Sheldrake: What's gotten into you, Baxter?
C.C. Baxter: Just following doctor's orders. I've decided to become a "mensch". You know what that means? A human being.
J.D. Sheldrake: Now, hold on, Baxter...
C.C. Baxter: Save it. The old payola won't work anymore. Goodbye, Mr. Sheldrake.


C.C. Baxter: Miss Kubelik, one doesn't get to be a second administrative assistant around here unless he's a pretty good judge of character, and as far as I'm concerned you're tops. I mean, decency-wise and otherwise-wise.


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Facts about

In 1968, playwright Neil Simon adapted the screenplay as the book for the Broadway musical "Promises, Promises". It spawned the hit song "I'll Never Fall in Love Again", composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. "Promises, Promises" opened at the Shubert Theater on December 1, 1968 and ran for 1281 performances. The first Broadway revival opened at the Broadway Theater April 25, 2010 starring Kristin Chenoweth.
To get Fran (Shirley MacLaine) to look genuinely startled when her brother-in-law punches Calvin (Jack Lemmon), director Billy Wilder smacked together two pieces of 2x4 during the shoot.
The office Christmas party scene was actually filmed on December 23, 1959, so as to catch everybody in the proper holiday mood. Billy Wilder filmed almost all of it on the first take, stating to an observer, "I wish it were always this easy. Today, I can just shout 'action' and stand back."
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