Pillow Talk (1959)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  7 October 1959 (USA)
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A man and woman share a telephone line and despise each other, but then he has fun by romancing her with his voice disguised.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Adams ...
Tony Walters
Julia Meade ...
Lee Patrick ...
Mrs. Walters
Mary McCarty ...
Nurse Resnick
Alex Gerry ...
Dr. Maxwell
Mr. Conrad
Valerie Allen ...
Jacqueline Beer ...
Arlen Stuart ...


In New York, the interior decorator Jan Morrow and the wolf composer Brad Allen share a party line, but Brad keeps it busy most of the time flirting with his girlfriends. They do not know each other but Jan hates Brads since she needs the telephone for her business and can not use it. Coincidently Jan's wealthy client Jonathan Forbes that woos her is the best friend of Brad and he comments with him that he feels an unrequited love for Jan, who is a gorgeous woman. When Brad meets Jan by chance in a restaurant, he poses as a naive tourist from Texas named Rex Stetson and seduces her. But Jonathan hires a private eye to find who Rex Stetson is. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Footloose bachelor...beautiful career girl...and the world's most fascinating pastime! See more »


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Release Date:

7 October 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Problemas de alcoba  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


(Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the diner, after Johnathan (Tony Randall) slaps Jan (Doris Day) a truck driver, John Indrisano, punches him in the jaw. In an interview Tony Randall said that he and John practiced the punch many times and John assured him that he would not be hit. During the take John misjudged and Tony was actually struck and knocked unconscious. See more »


When Jan and "Tex" are at the piano bar singing "Rolly-Polly", the man behind the pianist is strumming what is clearly a four-string electric bass guitar, but the sound is from a six-string electric guitar. See more »


[Jan and Brad are on the phone discussing a phone schedule]
Jan: We're just going to have to live with each other...
[Jan pauses, waiting for a response]
Brad Allen: Well?
Jan: I was waiting for you to say some off-color remark.
Brad Allen: Is that all you have on your mind?
Jan: Never mind my mind! You just stick to your half hour and I'll stick to mine!
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Crazy Credits

As Doris Day sings 'Pillow Talk' over the closing credits, the film finishes with 'the end' on two horizontal pillows' followed by 'not quite' 'not quite' 'not quite' 'not quite' stacked vertically on four pillows. See more »


Pillow Talk
Words and Music by Buddy Pepper and Inez James
Performed by Doris Day (uncredited)
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The wildest behind in New York City!
22 May 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

A party-line turns an interior decorator and a songwriting ladies' man into enemies--that is, until he gets a look at her. When Doris Day is forced into a nightclub by a junior-suitor, she makes the best of it and does a shimmy on the dance-floor in a tight white dress--you can't blame Rock Hudson (at a nearby table) nor the cameraman for zooming in on her derrière, which wiggles seductively and comically. This businesswoman is really a closeted gal-about-town, and Day gives one of her freshest, funniest performances here. I also liked the tinkly background score and the handful of songs (the title cut, "Roly Poly" and "Possess Me"), but apparently Doris didn't. In her autobiography, she scathingly dismisses all the music from her '60s bedroom comedies as "mediocre", blaming her skinflint husband for bypassing top-rank composers like Henry Mancini for "a bunch of no-names". Why Doris!!

***1/2 from ****

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