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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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Complete credited cast:
Mike Cutler
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Sue Randall ...
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Miss Warriner
Harry Ellerbe ...
Nicholas Joy ...
Mr. Azae
Diane Jergens ...
Merry Anders ...
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Rachel Stephens ...


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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2 August 1957 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Cosas de mujeres  »

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Katharine Hepburn was very impressed with the performance of young Lee Remick in "A Face in the Crowd" and invited her to her home with Spencer Tracy to discuss appearing in "Desk Set." Tracy did not feel that the role was good enough for the young actress, however, and Remick declined the role which was then was played by Dina Merrill. Tracy's advice later proved correct, as Merrill received little attention in the role. See more »


During the question session on the roof, Bunny reaches for the roast beef sandwich, then takes off her gloves, then reaches for the sandwich again. See more »


Mr. Azae: You don't care whether you impress people or not, do you?
Richard Sumner: You wait until you get my bill. You'll be impressed.
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Opening credits: "The filmmakers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation and assistance of the International Business Machines Corporation." See more »


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12 May 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

One of the better Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn films: a light comedy which doesn't necessitate his anger or her stridency. Hepburn heads up a charming group of gals in the research department of a broadcasting firm; Tracy is a computer man eager to install his latest creation in their office. Adapted from the Broadway play--and looking it--with large, flat sets stretched across the screen and all the actors moving from stage right to stage left. Still, the cast is colorful (except for Gig Young, stuck in the eternal Gig Young role, that of an SOB second banana who eventually ends up eating crow), and the thing is bubbly fun right to the end. It disappears from memory as fast as it came, but this kind of lightweight venture can be enjoyable on an afternoon viewing. **1/2 from ****

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