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(July 2001)

The ApartmentLike millions and millions of others, The Toast was a big fan of the recently deceased Jack Lemmon. We at The Toast will not attempt to duplicate all the wonderfully written tributes to this talented man that appear everywhere. We would just like to remind people of his tremendous range; from near slap-stick comedy (Mr. Roberts (1955) - his first Academy Award or Some Like It Hot (1959), to searing drama (The Days of Wine & Roses (1962) or Save The Tiger (1973) - his second Academy Award. Besides the well deserved recognition given him by the film industry (the two Academy Awards and numerous nominations), Jack Lemmon was much beloved by his peers. He will be sorely missed. 

During various holidays, The Toast likes to watch movies appropriate to that holiday like Independence Day (1996) or Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) for the 4th of July. Every winter, one movie that we inevitably watch and enjoy during the Christmas season - where we laugh and cry, is The Apartment (1960). Directed by Billy Wilder (with whom Jack Lemmon made seven movies) it stars, in addition to Mr. Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurry, Ray Walston and the delightful Edie Adams (wife of Ernie Kovacs). For Christmas time or any occasion, time-wise, The Toast highly recommends The Apartment.

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