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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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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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Comedy | Romance

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2 August 1957 (West Germany)  »

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Cosas de mujeres  »

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Trivia

William Marchant based Bunny Watson's character on librarian Agnes E. Law, who had built up the CBS network's research library. 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 »

Quotes

Richard Sumner: [watching the computer result on "Corfu", which is mistaken as "curfew"] What the devil is this?
Bunny Watson: [also having a look] It's the poem, "Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight". Isn't that nice?
[reciting]
Bunny Watson: "Cromwell will not come till sunset, and her lips grew strangely white... as she breathed the husky whisper, curfew must not a-ring tonight."
Miss Warriner: [while Bunny goes on] Mr. Sumner, what can I do?
Richard Sumner: Nothing. You know you can't interrupt her
[the computer]
Richard Sumner: in the middle of a sequence.
Miss Warriner: Yes, but, Mr. Sumner...
Richard Sumner: Quiet! ...
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: "The filmmakers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation and assistance of the International Business Machines Corporation." See more »

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

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Night and Day
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Take a Second Look
7 July 2003 | by (Nashville, TN) – See all my reviews

On my first viewing of this movie, I didn't particularly like it. I was surprised that Tracy and Hepburn filmed this movie at all. But then, I re-watched it recently during the AMC tribute to the late great Kate. On second viewing, I found a lot about it endearing and quite humorous.

Although the technology is antiquated, the reaction to change in an organization is not. Speaking from an EEO perspective, Hepburn's boyfriend would be a sexual harassment suit waiting to happen in today's world. However, the office politics are identical to the office politics today. Instead of using the telephone to gossip, people in the office now use email.

Tracy and Hepburn gave great performances in this light-hearted romantic comedy. The scene in Hepburn's apartment is hilarious. Her reaction to her boyfriend's suggestion that he thought she would be alone is priceless. And, when Tracy stumbles out, we get to see Hepburn's uncontrollable laughter (that was probably not scripted) which always makes me lol.

So, take a second look if you first didn't like this movie.


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