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The Apartment (1960)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  16 September 1960 (France)
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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
Dr. Dreyfuss
Hope Holiday ...
Mrs. Mildred Dreyfuss
Johnny Seven ...
Karl Matuschka
The Blonde
Willard Waterman ...
Mr. Vanderhoff
Mr. Eichelberger
Miss Olsen


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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Movie-wise, there has never been anything like "The Apartment" - laugh-wise, love-wise, or otherwise-wise! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

16 September 1960 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Das Appartement  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of two MacLaine films released in 1960 in which her final onscreen appearance plot-wise occurred on New Year's Eve (also Ocean's 11 (1960)). See more »


Fran's brother-in-law comes looking for her at her employer's office building after she hasn't been home for 2 days, beginning Christmas Eve. Christmas 1959 was a Friday, so 2 days after she went missing would have been Saturday or Sunday, when nobody would have been in the office. 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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Jealous Lover
(1949) (uncredited)
(Theme from 'The Apartment')
from Naughty Arlette (1949)
Music by Charles Williams
Played during the opening credits and often throughout the film
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7 September 2004 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

A struggling office worker in a giant insurance company lends his apartment to higher ups in order to get a promotion. Set during the Holidays, the theme of infidelity turned a lot of viewers off. The Holiday setting however is what provides a lot of the film's best scenes, as in the fantastic office Christmas party where the secretaries are doing a CanCan on the table and couples are making out in the corner. The one-two punch of Jack Lemmon's classic performance and that of Fred MacMurray is fabulous, and the triangle of sorts that forms with Shirley McClaine makes this much more than the comedy that it is known for.

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