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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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Inside joke: In one scene, Bunny Watson gives Richard Sumner a striped scarf, saying it shows his college colors. The scarf's colors (red and light blue) are the colors of Ripon, the college Spencer Tracy attended in real life, not MIT, the college that Sumner is said to have graduated from in the movie. 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 »

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Peg Costello: I could tell from the way he was lookin' at me that if I were any other kind of girl, it would've been the start of a beautiful romance.
Bunny Watson: More power to you! You're lonely, but more power to you!
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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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The Very Best Hepburn/Tracy Teaming!
5 June 2004 | by (Clevelnd, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Katherine Hepburn is in top form as a middle aged head of the all girls research department who feels threatened when a mysterious "efficiency expert" (Spencer Tracy) is sent in to introduce his great invention "EMEREK", the ultimate information source. Now the ladies in research fear that a computer will make their "human brain work" obsolete.

The boss's favorite, a dapper climber of the success ladder who has been engaged to Hepburn for years but never quite mustered up the courage to pop the question, takes Hepburn's devotion to him for granted and suddenly realizes that she is not the doormat he had seen in her for so long. Tracy, up to this point a bachelor at heart, is quite smitten by this clever research lady. The outcome is predictable.

This is top notch entertainment with a smart script and great acting. The chemistry between the two leads is delicious. Look for the gorgeous fashions flaunted by all women in this movie. With the money a working girl of the 50s took home, such extravagances would have been quite impossible. But after all, this is Hollywood, not the real world. "Desk Set" is a five-star gem!*****


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