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Desk Set (1957)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 2 August 1957 (West Germany)
Two extremely strong personalities clash over the computerization of a television 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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Cosas de mujeres  »

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Trivia

The president/CEO of IBM from its inception (as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co.) in 1914 until 1956 was Thomas J. Watson; his son, T.J. Watson Jr., was CEO from 1956-71. See more »

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The tape drive on either side of EMERAC should have its reels running in the same direction, like a reel-to-reel tape player, but the reels are running in the opposite direction to each other, which would break the tape if there was one. See more »

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Sylvia Blair: [telephone rings] Reference department, Miss Blair. Oh, yes, we've looked that up for you, and there are certain poisons which leave no trace, but it's network policy not to mention them on our programs.
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Opening credits are "printed" on computer paper by an IBM unit. See more »

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Referenced in Fantastic Voyage (1966) See more »

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Lyrics by Charles Wesley
Sung by a chorus during the shot of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree
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Office Politics - Then, Now and Forever
7 October 1999 | by (Michigan, USA) – See all my reviews

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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