United Artists released The Apartment to theaters on September 16, 1960. Billy Wilder directed the film which starred Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray.
‘The Apartment’ Movie Summary
Jack Lemmon plays C.C. “Bud” Baxter, a lonely office pion who wishes to climb the corporate ladder in a national insurance company. As the film begins, we find out that C.C. has been allowing four midlevel managers to “borrow” his apartment for secret rendezvous with their respective mistresses. In return, the managers write glowing reports about C.C. to help with Baxter’s goal of getting out of the office pool.
However, C.C. finds that he often has to sleep in the park at night or hang out drinking in bars to late hours to accommodate the managers’ requests. Additionally, C.C. has to deal with the disapproving stares and comments from his neighbors over his apparent playboy lifestyle.
Eventually, the glowing reports of the managers reach the desk of the personnel director, Jeff Sheldrake. Sheldrake sees through the rouse, but instead of busting C.C. or the midlevel managers, he requests the key to C.C.’s apartment for his own extra-marital affair with the company’s elevator operator, Fran Kubelik, played by Shirley MacLaine. C.C. agrees, unaware that he and Sheldrake share the same taste in women.read full summary
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