The Apartment ()

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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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C.C. Baxter
Fran Kubelik
Jeff D. Sheldrake
Joe Dobisch
Dr. Dreyfuss
Al Kirkeby
Mrs. Margie MacDougall
Mrs. Mildred Dreyfuss
Karl Matuschka
The Blonde
Mr. Vanderhoff
Mr. Eichelberger
Miss Olsen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Office Worker (uncredited)
TV Movie Host (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ...
Office Worker (uncredited)
Benny Burt ...
Charlie - Bartender (uncredited)
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Elevator Supervisor with Clicker (uncredited)
Dick Cherney ...
Bar Patron (uncredited)
Fortune Cookie ...
Chinese Waiter (uncredited)
Mason Curry ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Office Worker (uncredited)
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ...
Office Worker (uncredited)
Eugene Jackson ...
Office Worker (uncredited)
Frances Weintraub Lax ...
Mrs. Lieberman (uncredited)
Messenger (uncredited)
William Meader ...
Executive (uncredited)
Ralph Moratz ...
Office Worker (uncredited)
Office Worker (uncredited)
Joe Palma ...
Office Maintenance Man (uncredited)
Paul Power ...
Bar Patron (uncredited)
Tony Regan ...
Executive (uncredited)
Clark Ross ...
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Edith Simmons ...
Sheldrake's Wife (uncredited)
Man in Santa Claus Suit (uncredited)
Norman Stevans ...
Office Worker (uncredited)
Sid Troy ...
Williams (uncredited)

Directed by

Billy Wilder

Written by

Billy Wilder ... (written by) and
I.A.L. Diamond ... (written by)

Produced by

I.A.L. Diamond ... associate producer
Doane Harrison ... associate producer
Billy Wilder ... producer

Music by

Adolph Deutsch

Cinematography by

Joseph LaShelle ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Daniel Mandell ... film editor

Art Direction by

Alexandre Trauner ... (as Alexander Trauner)

Set Decoration by

Edward G. Boyle

Makeup Department

Harry Ray ... makeup
Alice Monte ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

Allen K. Wood ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Hal W. Polaire ... assistant director (as Hal Polaire)
Angelo Laiacona ... assistant director (uncredited)
David Salven ... assistant director (uncredited)
Mike Vidor ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Tom Plews ... property
Ralph Harris ... leadman (uncredited)
Mentor Huebner ... production illustrator (uncredited)
Harold Michelson ... illustrator (uncredited)

Sound Department

Del Harris ... sound effects editor
Fred Lau ... sound
Harry Alphin ... recordist (uncredited)
Robert Martin ... boom operator (uncredited)
Gordon Sawyer ... sound (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Milt Rice ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

Bert Chaliacombe ... best boy (uncredited)
Hugh Crawford ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jack Harris ... still photographer (uncredited)
Karl Reed ... key grip (uncredited)
William Schurr ... camera operator (uncredited)
Don Scott ... gaffer (uncredited)
Don Stott ... gaffer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Forrest T. Butler ... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Irene Caine ... wardrobe: women (uncredited)

Music Department

Sid Sidney ... music editor
Jack Dumont ... musician: alto saxophone (uncredited)
John Williams ... musician: piano solos (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

May Wale Brown ... script continuity (as May Wale)
Reuben Kaufman ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Miriam Nelson ... choreographer: Christmas party dance (uncredited)
Joe Palma ... stand-in: Jack Lemmon (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 building who Baxter himself fancies. In turn, Sheldrake has no idea of Baxter's own interest in Fran. And Fran, who is in love with Sheldrake, has no idea that she is only the latest in a long line of Sheldrake's mistresses, that Sheldrake has no intention of leaving his wife for her, and that the apartment belongs to Baxter, who she likes as a friend. As some of these facts come to light on Christmas Eve, one of the three makes a unilateral decision. That decision sets off a series of events over the course of the next week which makes each of the three examine what he/she really wants which in turn may be incompatible with the other two. They are helped along the way by Dobisch, Kirkeby, Vanderhoff and Eichelberger who are now feeling neglected as Baxter no longer needs their assistance in moving up, by Miss Olsen, Sheldrake's long serving secretary who was also once his mistress, and by Dr. Dreyfus, a physician and one of Baxter's many exasperated neighbors who believes Baxter is a playboy based on all the noise he hears in Baxter's apartment and the plethora of empty liquor bottles Baxter seems to be always discarding. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Movie-wise, there has never been anything like "The Apartment" - laugh-wise, love-wise, or otherwise-wise! See more »
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Also Known As
  • La garçonnière (France)
  • Das Appartement (Germany)
  • L'apartament (Spain, Catalan title)
  • El apartamento (Spain)
  • 桃色公寓 (China, Mandarin title)
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  • 125 min
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Budget $3,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Billy Wilder originally thought of the idea for the film after seeing Brief Encounter (1945) 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. See more »
Goofs The layout of Baxter's apartment makes no sense, especially in the context of Dr. Dreyfus's apartment. Dreyfus lives next to Baxter, which means their walls should be adjoining the full length of both flats. But from inside Baxter's living room one can see windows in both his kitchen and bedroom facing directly where the Dreyfus apartment should be (and there would likely be a window in the bathroom between the kitchen and bedroom). Dreyfus's apartment would have to veer immediately off to the extreme right when you enter it and be no more than a couple of inches wide in order to allow the kind of set-up seen in Baxter's apartment - clearly unrealistic, if not downright impossible. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982). See more »
Soundtracks Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful) See more »
Quotes [last lines]
C.C. Baxter: You hear what I said, Miss Kubelik? I absolutely adore you.
Fran Kubelik: Shut up and deal...
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