The Apartment

The Apartment

Jack Lemmon
Director: Billy Wilder Cast: Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
, Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
, Fred MacMurray
Fred MacMurray
Billy Wilder

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Widely regarded as a comedy in 1960, The Apartment seems more melancholy with each passing year. Jack Lemmon plays C.C. Baxter, a go-getting office worker who loans his tiny apartment to his philandering superiors for their romantic trysts. He runs into trouble when he finds himself sharing a girlfriend (Shirley MacLaine) with his callous boss (Fred MacMurray). Director/co-writer Billy Wilder claimed that the idea for The Apartment stemmed from a short scene in the 1945 romantic drama Brief Encounter in which the illicit lovers (Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson) arrange a rendezvous in a third person's apartment. Wilder was intrigued about what sort of person would willingly vacate his residence to allow virtual strangers a playing field for hanky panky. His answer to that question wound up winning 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. The Apartment was adapted by Neil Simon and Burt Bacharach into the 1969 Broadway musical Promises, Promises.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2012
UPC: 0883904252627
Original Release: 1960
Rating: NR
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 2:05:00
Sales rank: 155

Special Features

Audio commentary from film producer and historian Bruce Block; Inside the apartment; Magic time: the art of Jack Lemmon; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Lemmon C.C. Baxter
Shirley MacLaine Fran Kubelik
Fred MacMurray J.D. Sheldrake
Ray Walston Mr. Joe Dobisch
Edie Adams Miss Olsen
David Lewis Mr. Al Kirkeby
Jack Kruschen Dr. Dreyfuss
Joan Shawlee Sylvia
Hope Holiday Margie MacDougall
Johnny Seven Karl Matuschka
Naomi Stevens Mrs. Dreyfuss
Joyce Jameson The Blonde
Willard Waterman Mr. Vanderhof
David White Mr. Eichelberger
Benny Burt Bartender
Frances Lax Mrs. Lieberman
Dorothy Abbott Office Worker
Hal Smith Santa Claus

Technical Credits
Billy Wilder Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
Adolph Deutsch Score Composer
I.A.L. Diamond Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Doane Harrison Associate Producer
Joseph La Shelle Cinematographer
Fred Lau Sound/Sound Designer
Dan Mandell Editor
Hal W. Polaire Asst. Director
Harry Ray Makeup
Milt Rice Special Effects
Alexandre Trauner Art Director
Allen K. Wood Production Manager

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