Hmmm. Thought I hit publish for this yesterday. Oh well, better late than never.
Or How to Succeed in Business by Letting Your Boss Schtupp his Secretary in Your Apartment. Directed by Billy Wilder, and written by Mr. Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond. Jack Lemmon stars as C.C. Baxter a worker bee in a large insurance firm in Manhattan. Shirley MacLaine is Fran Kubelik, a young elevator operator, and fresh meat to the men at the firm.
This is 1960, “Mad Men” era, tons of Don Drapers running around gleefully cheating on their wives. The last era when middle-age white men could be unaccountable. Watching it again, I can’t help but think this must’ve been really racy for its time. Infidelity! Premarital sex! Extra-marital sex! Suicide!.. A comedy! All presented rather nonchalantly, with a little Jewish borscht belt delivery in some instances.
I also can’t help but think of what Baxter’s apartment would go for now. $8,000 a month? $1.5 million for sale?
For those in LA, it’s on TCM (Turner Classic Movies, on demmand.) MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
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