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The Apartment (1960)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 16 September 1960 (France)
A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.


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Complete credited cast:
Joe Dobisch
Mrs. Mildred Dreyfuss
Karl Matuschka
The Blonde
Mr. Vanderhoff
Mr. Eichelberger


As of November 1, 1959, mild mannered C.C. Baxter has been working at Consolidated Life, an insurance company, for close to four years, and is one of close to thirty-two thousand employees located in their Manhattan head office. To distinguish himself from all the other lowly cogs in the company in the hopes of moving up the corporate ladder, he often works late, but only because he can't get into his apartment, located off of Central Park West, since he has provided it to a handful of company executives - Mssrs. Dobisch, Kirkeby, Vanderhoff and Eichelberger - on a rotating basis for their extramarital liaisons in return for a good word to the personnel director, Jeff D. Sheldrake. When Baxter is called into Sheldrake's office for the first time, he learns that it isn't just to be promoted as he expects, but also to add married Sheldrake to the list to who he will lend his apartment. What Baxter is unaware of is that Sheldrake's mistress is Fran Kubelik, an elevator girl in the ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

16 September 1960 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Das Appartement  »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,000,000, 31 January 1970
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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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. See more »


In the opening voice-over, Baxter states the date as November 1, 1959 which was a Sunday. Yet the implication in the narration is that it was Wednesday. See more »


[first lines]
C.C. Baxter: [narrating] On November 1st, 1959, the population of New York City was 8,042,783. If you laid all these people end to end, figuring an average height of five feet six and a half inches, they would reach from Times Square to the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan. I know facts like this because I work for an insurance company - Consolidated Life of New York. We're one of the top five companies in the country. Our home office has 31,259 employees, which is more than the entire population ...
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Referenced in American Beauty (1999) See more »


Lonely Room
(1960) (uncredited
Written by Adolph Deutsch
(The only part of Deutsch's score published as a separate song)
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The definitive movie for the comedy/drama genre
13 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

Billy Wilder's "The Apartment" is a film which can produce some of the biggest laughs and at the same time... can bring many viewers to tears, Billy Wilder's quaint little tale about everyday people who get tangled up in love, jealousy and infidelity boasts a top-notch cast led by the trio of Lemmon, MacLaine and MacMurray who are tremendous. The plot revolves around C.C. (Lemmon) who unknowingly makes the unethical attempt of climbing the corporate ladder by 'loaning' his apartment to members from his management chain to entertain their 'women on the side'. Given the change of circumstances, this premise certainly could even hit home in the current office environment. Although the office party and secretarial gossip scenes could be viewed as dated, the power and attitude of the corporate executive, Mr. Sheldrake (MacMurray) is certainly symbolic. The character of Fran (MacLaine) for today's standards of course seems too submissive and vulnerable but the reward of her finding true, admirable, unconditional companionship is quite enriching and fulfilling to any who see this memorable film.

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