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Desk Set (1957)

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Two extremely strong personalities clash over the computerization of a TV network's research department.



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The mysterious man hanging about at the research department of a big TV network proves to be engineer Richard Sumner, who's been ordered to keep his real purpose secret: computerizing the office. Department head Bunny Watson, who knows everything, needs no computer to unmask Richard. The resulting battle of wits and witty dialogue pits Bunny's fear of losing her job against her dawning attraction to Richard. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Make the office a wonderful place to love in!


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2 August 1957 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Cosas de mujeres  »

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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 »


When Bunny Watson and Mr. Sumner are talking in the hallway shortly after they meet, she tells him that she doesn't smoke. But we see her starting to light a cigarette in her office, prompting Peg to comment that she only smokes when she is worried. See more »


Richard Sumner: You were late this morning.
Bunny Watson: I know. But it's alright - I brought a note from my mother.
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Opening credits: "The filmmakers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation and assistance of the International Business Machines Corporation." See more »


References King Solomon's Mines (1950) See more »


Jingle Bells
Music by James Pierpont
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The Very Best Hepburn/Tracy Teaming!
5 June 2004 | by (Clevelnd, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Katherine Hepburn is in top form as a middle aged head of the all girls research department who feels threatened when a mysterious "efficiency expert" (Spencer Tracy) is sent in to introduce his great invention "EMEREK", the ultimate information source. Now the ladies in research fear that a computer will make their "human brain work" obsolete.

The boss's favorite, a dapper climber of the success ladder who has been engaged to Hepburn for years but never quite mustered up the courage to pop the question, takes Hepburn's devotion to him for granted and suddenly realizes that she is not the doormat he had seen in her for so long. Tracy, up to this point a bachelor at heart, is quite smitten by this clever research lady. The outcome is predictable.

This is top notch entertainment with a smart script and great acting. The chemistry between the two leads is delicious. Look for the gorgeous fashions flaunted by all women in this movie. With the money a working girl of the 50s took home, such extravagances would have been quite impossible. But after all, this is Hollywood, not the real world. "Desk Set" is a five-star gem!*****

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