By Wilder, Billy
Can’t wait for the return of TV’s Mad Men? Then check out this Billy Wilder romantic comedy, first released in 1960.
C.C. Baxter, played by Jack Lemmon, has two aspirations: to climb the corporate ladder at a Manhattan insurance firm, and to land a date with Miss Kubelik, the lovely elevator operator in his office building, played by Shirley MacLaine. To ingratiate himself with his superiors, Baxter loans them his apartment for their extramarital trysts with secretaries and telephone operators. But when he realizes that his Don Draper-esque boss, played by Fred MacMurray, is carrying on with the girl of his dreams, he must choose between the job and the girl.
MacLaine is delightful, Lemmon is hilarious, and MacMurray is a cold-hearted snake you’ll love to hate. So until Mad Men returns, check out The Apartment to get your fix of impromptu office parties, mid-century fashion and design, and vintage cocktails. Tom Collins, anyone?