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:

This Magic Moment: The Apartment

By FlickChick on Jul 7, 2019 From A Person in the Dark

While a film may be 2 hours or more in length, there are those special moments - unforgettable moments - that linger in the heart and mind. These moments can crystallize in a flash all we need to know about a character or their story. They are the poetry of motion or a word or a look that jolts the ... Read full article


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


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Quotes from

Fran Kubelik: He's a taker.
C.C. Baxter: A what?
Fran Kubelik: Some people take, some people get took. And they know they're getting took and there's nothing they can do about it.


Fran Kubelik: I never catch colds.
C.C. Baxter: Really? I was reading some figures from the Sickness and Accident Claims Division. You know that the average New Yorker between the ages of twenty and fifty has two and a half colds a year?
Fran Kubelik: That makes me feel just terrible.
C.C. Baxter: Why?
Fran Kubelik: Well, to make the figures come out even, if I have no colds a year, some poor slob must have five colds a year.
C.C. Baxter: [sheepishly] Yeah... it's me.


Dr. Dreyfuss: Nice veins.


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Facts about

Billy Wilder originally thought of the idea for the film after seeing Brief Encounter and wondering about the plight of a character unseen in that film. Shirley MacLaine was only given forty pages of the script because Wilder didn't want her to know how the story would turn out. She thought it was because the script wasn't finished.
According to Shirley MacLaine on her official web site, much of the movie was written as filming progressed. The gin rummy game was added because at the time she was learning how to play the game from her friends in the Rat Pack. Likewise, when she started philosophizing about love during a lunch break one day, this was also added to the script.
Although Adolph Deutsch received sole screen credit for the music score, the very popular "Theme from The Apartment" was actually a pre-existing piece of music (originally "Jealous Lover", 1949) by British composer Charles Williams, who was known for his scores for British films and BBC radio dramas.
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