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.

DISSOLVE TO:

STREET IN THE WEST SIXTIES - EVENING

Bud, wearing a weather-beaten Ivy League raincoat and a

narrow-brimmed brown hat, comes walking slowly down the

street skirting the puddles on the sidewalk. He stops in

front of a converted brownstone, looks up.

BUD (V.O.)

I live in the West Sixties - just

half a block from Central Park. My

rent is $84 a month. It used to be

eighty until last July when Mrs.

Lieberman, the landlady, put in a

second-hand air conditioning unit.

The windows on the second floor are lit, but the shades are

drawn. From inside drifts the sound of cha cha music.

BUD (V.O.)

It's a real nice apartment -

nothing fancy -- but kind of

cozy -- just right for a bachelor.

The only problem is - I can't

always get in when I want to.

INT. THE APARTMENT - EVENING

What used to be the upstairs parlor of a one-family house in

the early 1900's has been chopped up into living room,

bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. The wallpaper is faded, the

carpets are threadbare, and the upholstered furniture could

stand shampooing. There are lots of books, a record player,

stacks of records, a television set (21 inches and 24

payments), unframed prints from the Museum of Modern Art

(Picasso, Braque, Klee) tacked up on the walls.

Only one lamp is lit, for mood, and a cha cha record is

spinning around on the phonograph. On the coffee table in

front of the couch are a couple of cocktail glasses, a

pitcher with some martini dregs, an almost empty bottle of

vodka, a soup bowl with a few melting ice cubes at the

bottom, some potato chips, an ashtray filled with cigar

stubs and lipstick-stained cigarette butts, and a woman's

handbag.

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