The Apartment

Deliberate mistake: In the bar scene with the woman blowing straw sleeves at him, Jack Lemmon and the extra next to him have their glasses full before the music ends, but empty when she walks up to him placing the rum glass on the counter. The barman brings instant off-screen refills to all of them without being reasonably enough time for him to pour. (00:52:30)

Sammo Premium member

Deliberate mistake: Jack Lemmon looks at his watch as he puts his thermometer in his mouth, and when he takes it out. Obviously in 25 seconds a 1960 mercury thermometer would not give a reading of his 101 fever, it's deliberately done for the scene to move on (although it could have been done differently, with a cut or having him retrieve the thermometer later, since the scene is static and lasts much longer, enough for a real thermometer to work). (00:19:20)

Sammo Premium member

Factual error: Fran the elevator operator stops on the 19th floor and takes Baxter to the 27th floor. But when they arrive on 27 (and the entire time they're supposedly ascending to it), the light for the 19th floor on the elevator's control panel remains lit.

Jean G

More mistakes in The Apartment

J.D. Sheldrake: Ya know, you see a girl a couple of times a week, just for laughs, and right away they think you're gonna divorce your wife. Now I ask you, is that fair?
C.C. Baxter: No, sir, it's very unfair... Especially to your wife.

More quotes from The Apartment

Trivia: To make the office appear larger than it was, the team used forced perspective - adult actors at the front, with child actors behind them, and tiny desks with wire-operated dolls at the back.

More trivia for The Apartment

Join the mailing list

Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Check out the mistake & trivia books, on Kindle and in paperback.