Dan Ireland on

The Apartment

Released 1960
Distributor United Artists

One of the great romantic movies and one of Billy Wilder’s biggest hits. Fred MacMurray, who was genuinely startled by Jack Lemmon’s improvs with his nose spray, stepped into his role on two weeks’ notice after first choice Paul Douglas died suddenly. The Lemmon-Shirley MacLaine gin game was added because MacLaine was constantly playing cards on set.

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About Dan Ireland

Dan Ireland loved movies of all shapes, sizes, genres and formats. As co-founder (and co-director) of The Seattle International Film Festival and Co-Artistic Director of The Louisiana International Film Festival, Dan produced over 15 movies including John Huston’s final film, The Dead, and Bernard Rose’s Paperhouse. He made his directorial debut in 1996 with the award winning The Whole Wide World starring Vincent D’Onofrio and a then unknown Renee Zellweger. His other directorial credits include Passionada, Mrs. Palfrey at The Claremont, starring Dame Joan Plowright and E.L. Doctorow’s Jolene, which launched the career of actress Jessica Chastain. What was to be Dan's next project, Mr. Lively, fell apart mere weeks before its scheduled production, a month before his passing on April 14, 2016.