The Apartment script
The Apartment (1960)
Synopsis: 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.

MR. KIRKEBY, a dapper, middle-aged man, stands in front of

the mirror above the fake fireplace, buttoning up his vest.

He does not notice that the buttons are out of alignment.

KIRKEBY:

(calling off)

Come on, Sylvia. It's getting late.

SYLVIA, a first baseman of a dame, redheaded and saftig,

comes cha cha-ing into the room, trying to fasten a necklace

as she hums along with the music. She dances amorously up

to Kirkeby.

KIRKEBY:

Cut it out, Sylvia. We got to get

out of here.

He helps her with the necklace, then turns off the phonograph.

SYLVIA:

What's the panic? I'm going to

have another martooni.

She crosses to the coffee table, starts to pour the remnants

of the vodka into the pitcher.

KIRKEBY:

Please, Sylvia! It's a quarter to

nine!

SYLVIA:

(dropping slivers of

ice into the pitcher)

First you can't wait to get me up

here, and now -- rush, rush, rush!

Makes a person feel cheap.

KIRKEBY:

Sylvia -- sweetie -- it's not

that -- but I promised the guy I'd

be out of here by eight o'clock,

positively.

SYLVIA:

(pouring martini)

What guy? Whose apartment is this,

anyway?

KIRKEBY:

(exasperated)

What's the difference? Some

schnook that works in the office.

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