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Oh, yeah! Show me that ankle bracelet, Phyllis, baby. What a movie. Too bad Fred never rose to this height again, altho he got close in "The Caine Mutiny".
I think The Apartment was pretty good, with Fred playing the consumate heel. What's really too bad is that he took to heart a comment from some fan who hated the fact that he played such a morally reprehensible character. From there it was on to Disney movies and My Three Sons. The guy got lazy (check out his work schedule for My Three Sons some time.
But he started his Disney tenure a year before his great last gasp of mendacity in "The Apartment". As Rob pointed out, with the exception of Dmytryk in "The Caine Mutiny", Billy Wilder seemed to be the only director who recognized this dimension in MacMurray and knew how to cast him accordingly; a little bit like Robert Aldrich's use of the otherwise benign Eddie Albert portraying barely concealed sadism in "Attack", "Hustle" and "The Longest Yard".
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