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The Apartment (1960)

aka The Apartment

"Movie-wise, there has never been anything like it - laugh-wise, love-wise, or otherwise-wise"

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Details: 125 mins · English


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No_movie_poster Mr. Vanderhoff
Small Fran Kubelik
Small Jeff D. Sheldrake
Small Joe Dobisch
Small Dr. Dreyfuss
No_movie_poster Mrs. Mildred Dreyfuss
No_movie_poster Mrs. Margie MacDougall
Small Miss Olsen
No_movie_poster Sylvia
No_movie_poster Karl Matuschka
No_movie_poster Al Kirkeby
Small The Blonde
Small C.C. 'Bud' Baxter


Small Billy Wilder Producer
Small I.A.L. Diamond Producer
No_movie_poster Doane Harrison Producer
No_movie_poster Adolph Deutsch Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Joseph LaShelle Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Daniel Mandell Editor
No_movie_poster Alexandre Trauner Art Direction
No_movie_poster Edward G. Boyle Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Harry Ray Makeup Artist
No_movie_poster Allen K. Wood Production Manager
No_movie_poster Milt Rice Special Effects
No_movie_poster Don Stott Gaffer
Small Billy Wilder Director
Small Billy Wilder Writer
No_movie_poster Daniel Mandell Editing


"Movie-wise, there has never been anything like it - laugh-wise, love-wise, or otherwise-wise"


Calvin Clifford (C. C.) "Buddy Boy" Baxter (Jack Lemmon) is a lonely office drudge at a national insurance corporation (Consolidated Life of New York - 31,259 employees) in a high-rise building (Desk #861, Section W, Ordinary Policy Department - Premium Accounting Division on the 19th floor) in New York City. In order to climb the corporate ladder, Buddy Boy allows four company managers (Ray Walston, David Lewis, Willard Waterman, and David White) to take turns borrowing his Upper West Side apartment (51 W. 67th St., Apt. 2A) for their various extramarital liaisons, which are so noisy that his neighbors assume that he is bringing home different women every night.

The four write glowing reports about Buddy Boy, who hopes for a promotion from the personnel director, Jeff Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray). Sheldrake calls Buddy Boy to his office but says that he has found out why they were so enthusiastic. He gives Buddy Boy the promotion in return for exclusive privileges to borrow the apartment. He insists on using it that same night and, as compensation for such short notice, gives Baxter two company-sponsored tickets to the hit Broadway musical The Music Man.

After work, Buddy Boy catches Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), an elevator operator on whom he has had his eye. They agree to meet at the theater after she has a drink with a former fling. The man whom she meets is Sheldrake, who convinces her that he is about to divorce his wife for her. They go to Buddy Boy's apartment as Buddy Boy waits forlornly outside the theater.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1960-06-15 : New York City

Theatrical : 1960-06-21 : Los Angeles

Theatrical : 1960-07-20 : London

Theatrical : 1960-09-16 : France

Theatrical : 1960-09-16 : West Germany

Theatrical : 1960-10-08 : Japan

Theatrical : 1960-10-28 : Finland

Theatrical : 1960-12-02 : Austria

Theatrical : 1960-12-09 : Italy

Theatrical : 1960-12-26 : Denmark

Theatrical : 1961-01-16 : Sweden

Theatrical : 1961-02-23 : Turkey

Theatrical : 1961-09-04 : Norway

Theatrical : 1961-10-26 : Hong Kong

Theatrical : 1961-11-09 : Portugal

Theatrical : 1962-12-19 : Madrid

Theatrical : 1962-12-23 : Barcelona

Theatrical : 1963-09-06 : German Democratic Republic

Theatrical : 1963-10-04 : Czechoslovakia

Theatrical : 2001-06-29 : Denmark

Theatrical : 2003-08-13 : Belgium

Theatrical : 2004-08-12 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 2008-06-05 : Greece

Theatrical : 2012-06-15 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2012-07-11 : France

DVD : 2007-05-21 : Greece

2012-07-01 : France