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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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Make the office a wonderful place to love in!

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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 (1957) 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 it, which was then given to Dina Merrill. Tracy's advice later proved correct, as Merrill received little attention in the role. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Bunny Watson: [as she is about to go meet Mike] How do I look?
Peg Costello: Too good for him.
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Opening credits are "printed" on computer paper by an IBM unit. See more »

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Something's Gotta Give
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Written by Johnny Mercer
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So...how much DOES the Earth weigh?
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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