DIRECTOR: BILLY WILDER
CAST: JACK LEMMON, SHIRLEY MACLAINE, FRED MACMURRAY
Jack Lemmon is one anxious face in a sea of stooges at the New York insurance company where he toils, able to distinguish himself to his superiors only by letting them use his shoebox apartment as a love nest, while his tentative romance with an elevator operator (Shirley MacLaine) plays out against a backdrop of boozy office Christmas parties, mocking holiday decorations, and mirthless cheer. Oh, and it’s a howl, too! Wilder’s second Best Picture winner, following The Lost Weekend (1945).