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Love on the Dole

GENE D. PHILLIPS

in Some Like It Wilder

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125701
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135403 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125701.003.0013
Love on the Dole

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After Billy Wilder had finished Some Like It Hot, he wanted to make another picture with Jack Lemmon. Wilder got together with I. A. L. Diamond to whip up a detailed proposal that he would present to the Mirisch Company and to UA. Wilder took a précis of the scenario to the studio and threw a fast pitch to Walter Mirisch and the UA front office. Wilder and Diamond began working on the screenplay, elaborating Wilder's original concept into a detailed script. Wilder had opted to make The Apartment a category-breaking blend of comedy, romance, and drama. It concerns a loser, an accountant with a night school diploma who is always a half step behind the parade. Looking back on the movie, Wilder was particularly hurt by the epithet “dirty fairy tale” that was attached to The Apartment. He gives this film a wistful, melancholic quality, befitting a story that deals with an ambitious social climber.

Keywords: The Apartment; Billy Wilder; Jack Lemmon; I. A. L. Diamond; Mirisch Company; UA; Walter Mirisch

Chapter.  7395 words. 

Subjects: Film

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