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The Apartment ()


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A Manhattan insurance clerk 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
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Fran Kubelik
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Jeff D. Sheldrake
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Joe Dobisch
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Dr. Dreyfuss
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Al Kirkeby
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Mrs. Margie MacDougall
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Sylvia
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Mrs. Mildred Dreyfuss
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Karl Matuschka
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The Blonde
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Mr. Vanderhoff
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Mr. Eichelberger
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Miss Olsen
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Office Worker (uncredited)
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TV Movie Host (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ...
Office Worker (uncredited)
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Charlie - Bartender (uncredited)
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Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
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Elevator Supervisor with Clicker (uncredited)
Dick Cherney ...
Bar Patron (uncredited)
Fortune Cookie ...
Chinese Waiter (uncredited)
Mason Curry ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
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Office Worker (uncredited)
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Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ...
Office Worker (uncredited)
Eugene Jackson ...
Office Worker (uncredited)
Frances Weintraub Lax ...
Mrs. Lieberman (uncredited)
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Messenger (uncredited)
William Meader ...
Executive (uncredited)
Ralph Moratz ...
Office Worker (uncredited)
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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)
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Man in Santa Claus Suit (uncredited)
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Office Worker (uncredited)
Sid Troy ...
Williams (uncredited)

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Billy Wilder ... (directed by)

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

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I.A.L. Diamond ... associate producer
Doane Harrison ... associate producer
Billy Wilder ... producer (produced by)

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Adolph Deutsch ... (music by)

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Joseph LaShelle ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Daniel Mandell ... film editor

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Alexandre Trauner ... (as Alexander Trauner)

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Edward G. Boyle

Makeup Department

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

Production Management

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Allen K. Wood ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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

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

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

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Milt Rice ... special effects

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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

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

Music Department

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

Script and Continuity Department

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May Wale Brown ... script continuity (as May Wale)

Additional Crew

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Reuben Kaufman ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Miriam Nelson ... choreographer: Christmas party dance (uncredited)
Joe Palma ... stand-in: Jack Lemmon (uncredited)
Maurice Segal ... publicist (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. Dobisch, Kirkeby, Vanderhoff and Eichelberger are now feeling neglected as Baxter no longer needs their assistance in moving up. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Movie-wise, there has never been anything like "THE APARTMENT" love-wise, laugh-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)

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Trivia To create the effect of a vast sea of faces labouring grimly and impersonally at their desks in the huge insurance company office, designers Alexandre Trauner and Edward G. Boyle devised an interesting technique. Full-sized actors sat at the desks in the front and children dressed in suits were used at tiny desks toward the rear, followed by even smaller desks with cut-out figures operated by wires. It gave the effect of a much larger space than could have been achieved in the limited studio space. 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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