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 J.D. Sheldrake: Ya know, you see a girl a couple of times a week, just for laughs, and right away they think you're gonna divorce your wife. Now I ask you, is that fair?

C.C. Baxter: No, sir, it's very unfair... Especially to your wife.

The Oscar-winner for Best Picture of 1960, The Apartment stars Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, and was directed, produced, and co-written by Billy Wilder.

A lowly office drone, C.C. "Bud" Baxter, has just found the solution to getting up the corporate food chain: let the corporate bigwigs use his apartment for their extramarital affairs. His boss, J.D. Sheldrake finds out, and promotes Baxter on the condition that he lets him use the apartment for his own affair. Naturally, Baxter accepts the condition, but he reconsiders when he finds out his crush, Fran Kubelik, is Sheldrake's other woman. Things turn very complicated when he finds her close to death on his bed.

Tropes used in The Apartment include:


 Baxter: You're not going to bring anybody to my apartment.

Sheldrake: I'm not just bringing anybody; I'm bringing Miss Kubelik.

Baxter: Especially not Miss Kubelik.

  • Grew a Spine: Baxter eventually refuses to loan his apartment to Sheldrake again, and quits instead.

 Sheldrake: What's gotten into you, Baxter?

Baxter: Just following doctor's orders. I've decided to become a mensch. You know what that means? A human being.

 "Shut up and deal."

  • Interrupted Suicide: Miss Kubelik tries to kill herself when she realized Mr. Sheldrake didn't really love her back. Baxter prevents her from becoming an example of Driven to Suicide.
  • Last-Name Basis: Bud and Fran always refer to each other as "Miss Kubelik" and "Mr. Baxter".
  • Love Triangle
  • Maybe Ever After: "Shut up and deal."
  • The Mistress: Miss Kubelik.
  • Moral Myopia: The other executives -- who are cheating on their wives and depriving Baxter of his home whenever it suits them in order to do so -- get outraged and act as if they're the ones being wronged when Baxter finally pulls the plug for them.
  • New Year Has Come
  • Nice Hat: Baxter gets a bowler hat after his promotion.

 "It's what they call the 'junior executive' model."

  • Playing Against Type: Fred MacMurray as J.D. Sheldrake - back then, he was known for roles in family films.
    • Not to Billy Wilder, who had previously cast him as a murderer in Double Indemnity.
  • Race For Your Love: In the end, Miss Kubelik leaves Sheldrake on New Year's Eve and runs to Baxter's apartment.
  • Santa Claus calls in at the bar where Baxter is drowning his sorrows, but his cheerful wisecracking is no match for the glum stare that Baxter gives him. At the end of the night we see Santa himself sitting morosely at the bar, all alone. So much for Christmas in New York!
  • Screen to Stage Adaptation: Adapted as the Broadway Musical Promises Promises, with a book by Neil Simon, music by Burt Bacharach and lyrics by Hal David.
  • Shout-Out: The shot where the camera swoops in to find Baxter at one in a sea of desks is a Shout Out to King Vidor's 1928 silent classic, The Crowd.
    • Trying to schedule a tryst with one of the company switchboard operators, one of the bosses suggests they meet at the apartment on Thursday night. "Thursday? But that's The Untouchables with Bob Stack!"
    • Baxter attempts to watch Grand Hotel on television but gives up when it keeps getting interrupted by commercials.
    • Baxter gets tickets to The Music Man from Sheldrake and tries to take Miss Kubelik to the show.
    • One of Billy Wilder's own earlier films gets a Shout Out when Kirkeby tells Dobisch about Miss Kubelik staying at Baxter's apartment:

 Dobisch: No kidding. Buddy-boy and Kubelik having themselves a little toot!

Kirkeby: Toot? More like a lost weekend. Neither of them showed up for work today.

 "Bud begins to deal, never taking his eyes off her. Fran removes her coat, starts picking up her cards and arranging them. Bud, a look of pure joy on his face, deals -- and deals -- and keeps dealing.



And that's about it. Story-wise."

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