Directed By: Billy Wilder
Starring: Jack Lemmon, Shirley Maclaine
This is Billy Wilder at his satirical best. Hot off the success of “Some Like It Hot” Wilder re-teams with Jack Lemmon to deliver a film of hilarious proportions.
C.C. “Bud” Baxter is a clerk for Consolidated Life, a multinational insurance corporation. He figures the best way to improve his chances for advancement within the firm is to lend out his apartment in the West Sixties to management as a place to take their mistresses.
He starts to develop feelings for the elevator girl Fran Kubelik (Shirley Maclaine)
Things change dramatically when his latest client is J.D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray) the director of personnel. Now Baxter will have to make the biggest executive decision of his lifetime, Fight for the girl he loves or lose his job.
Clip: “You’re On Your Way Up” courtesy MovieClips
If you want a good movie for date night, you can’t go wrong with this one.
Jack Lemmon built his career on carefully selecting the roles he took and delivering such great performances to them that a lot of them were Oscar worthy. He would repeat this system for many of his later roles including The Grumpy Old Men films and My Fellow Americans. Definitely worth watching
My Rating: 5/5 Stars