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Desk Set (1957)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 2 August 1957 (West Germany)
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Two extremely strong personalities clash over the computerization of a TV network's research department.

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Miss Warriner
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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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Make the office a wonderful place to love in!

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Cosas de mujeres  »

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This is the first film that Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn did in color and the eighth of the nine films they starred in together. Their next (and last), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), came ten years later. See more »

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The large array of flashing white lights simply show two repeating patterns, which obviously have nothing to do with the system's processing. See more »

Quotes

Mike Cutler: [to Richard Sumner] I supposed I should have called first?
Richard Sumner: Yes, do that next time.
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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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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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Jingle Bells
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Music by James Pierpont
Played on piano at the Christmas party
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fighting battles all around her - K Hepburn
30 January 2005 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Fun, fast, clever script for Katherine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy. She even calls him "darling" a couple times (by accident, I think). Katherine is the head of the studio reference and research department. Suddenly, Spencer Tracy appears, measuring and asking questions. While fearing for her job, this same guy starts challenging her job-skills. The roof-top lunch scene is GREAT... Sumner (played by Tracy) gives Bunny (Hepburn) a trivia test, and she proves to be his superior in many ways! it's fun to watch him squirm as she explains how she comes up with her answers. Then there is the battle of the boyfriends as Bunny tries to make her boss/boyfriend jealous. There are some running gags, such as the little old lady that keeps walking through the office, the plant in Bunny's office, and everyone keeps calling to ask one question over and over during the office Christmas party. Lots of fun, and the typical over the top ending at the finish.


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