Love is a Crime

Episode 5: The Apartment

Sept. 14, 2021

The third member of the Bennett/Wanger love triangle is Jennings Lang (Griffin Dunne), an agent at MCA, then the largest talent agency in the world. In 1951, Lang represents a threat to Walter Wanger’s marriage, but also to his livelihood. Jennings’ son and former colleagues discuss the affair, how the relationship inspired the Oscar-winning Billy Wilder classic The Apartment, and how Lang survived both Walter’s bullet and jokes about having his “balls shot off” to dominate the next incarnation of the studio system for the television age. Also featuring Noah Segan as Jay Kanter. Listen and subscribe at or wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts: Spotify: Stitcher: For a transcript of this episode, please follow this link. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit neither hosts nor alters podcast files. All content © its respective owners.