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
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In real life, the location of the CBS research offices (before being split in two, with the main office moving to new offices of CBS News) was on the 28th floor at 485 Madison Avenue. In the film, the office is also on the 28th floor, with the number on the door being 2809. The office number for Dorothy S. Boyle *successor to the founder of the department, Agnes Law - "Bunny" in the play and film) was 2801. While it bears no connection to reality, the Legal Department in the film is in office 2802. See more »
In the opening shot of the film, at Rockefeller Center, the shot begins at ground level and tilts up the building, but it was clearly shot from the top of the building down to ground level and then reversed because all the people on the ground are walking backwards. See more »
Bye girls. Always a pleasure to see your freshly scrubbed, smiling faces. Remember our motto: Be on time, do your work, be down in the bar at 5:30.
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Opening credits are "printed" on computer paper by an IBM unit. See more »
Although "computer" dated, this film is the most accurate depiction of office politics I have ever seen.
Having worked in several well-supervised office departments, the environment that a truly gifted supervisor (Hepburn's character) can create is there for all to see. The upper management attitude of keeping workers in the dark as to developmental plans for the company/department and the havoc that philosophy can wreak on morale and gossip was very satisfying and enjoying to watch. (If only management could learn from this lesson.)
Although the stereotypical "office gossip" is almost too delightfully portrayed, the "cliques" and flow of gossip is so true to today's office environment that someone just entering the work force could view this film as an education.
Of course, Tracy and Hepburn, along with a wonderful supporting cast, make this a very entertaining viewing experience.
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