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.

Insurance worker C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) lends his Upper West Side apartment to company bosses to use for extramarital affairs. When his manager Mr. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray) begins using Baxter’s apartment in exchange for promoting him, Baxter is disappointed to learn that Sheldrake’s mistress is Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), the elevator girl at work whom Baxter is interested in himself.

Soon Baxter must decide between the girl he loves and the advancement of his career.


“Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine shine as two essentially good souls trapped in a tangle of office politics.”
Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph

“Beautifully written and directed by the great Billy Wilder, bittersweet and heartfelt, this is sheer delight.”
Allan Hunter, Daily Express

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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.


11 November 2020 7:00PM

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