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Adapted from a Broadway play "The Desk Set" that originally starred Shirley Booth, Byron Sanders and Frank Milan. The stage production opened at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York on Oct. 24, 1955 and ran for 296 performances. "Hollywood Reporter" reported that Booth would repeat her role in the film, which ultimately did not happen (though Harry Ellerbe reprised office gossip Smithers). See more »
Sumner explains to his tour that the has a handful of punch cards containing Shakespeare's play Hamlet. He is holding no more than 20 cards. Since the text of Hamlet contains over 160,000 characters (62,000 if compressed) it would be physically impossible to store that much data on so few punch cards. See more »
[Talking about Richard Sumner as he tape measures the office]
Do you think we're being redecorated?
Does he look like an interior decorator to you?
No. He looks like one of those men who suddenly switched to vodka!
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Opening credits: "The filmmakers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation and assistance of the International Business Machines Corporation." See more »
Although "computer" dated, this film is the most accurate depiction of office politics I have ever seen.
Having worked in several well-supervised office departments, the environment that a truly gifted supervisor (Hepburn's character) can create is there for all to see. The upper management attitude of keeping workers in the dark as to developmental plans for the company/department and the havoc that philosophy can wreak on morale and gossip was very satisfying and enjoying to watch. (If only management could learn from this lesson.)
Although the stereotypical "office gossip" is almost too delightfully portrayed, the "cliques" and flow of gossip is so true to today's office environment that someone just entering the work force could view this film as an education.
Of course, Tracy and Hepburn, along with a wonderful supporting cast, make this a very entertaining viewing experience.
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