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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 television network's research department.

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Complete credited cast:
... Richard Sumner
... Bunny Watson
... Mike Cutler
... Peg Costello
... Sylvia Blair
... Ruthie Saylor
... Miss Warriner
... Smithers
... Mr. Azae
... Alice
... Cathy
... Old Lady
... Receptionist
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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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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 »

Goofs

During the question session on the roof, Bunny reaches for the roast beef sandwich, then takes off her gloves, then reaches for the sandwich again. See more »

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Richard Sumner: That's correct!
Bunny Watson: Yes, I know.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are "printed" on computer paper by an IBM unit. See more »

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Spoofed in The Young Like It Hot (1983) See more »

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
(uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Lyrics by Charles Wesley
Sung by a chorus during the shot of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree
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Office Politics - Then, Now and Forever
7 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

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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