A Villain’s Résumé: J.D. Sheldrake of THE APARTMENT (1960)

As Roger Ebert once wrote, “Each film is only as good as its villain,” and “only a great villain can transform a good try into a triumph.” Those words can be applied to many movies throughout cinema history, but none more so than Billy Wilder’s The Apartment (1960) and its villain, J.D. “Jeff” Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray).

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