Spencer Tracy ■ Katharine Hepburn
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.
My favorite Tracy-Hepburn film and one of my favorite movies.
Desk Set is the height of 50's romantic comedy. There is very little serious about this movie, but it is, instead, one hilarious battle of the sexes and of old and new.
Modern viewers will certainly laugh when they see EMERAC, the computer. She is HUGE and has all kinds of crazy blinking lights. Of course, anyone that has ever had a blue-screen-of-death will see the resemblance when Miss Emmy is forcibly shut down with the red switch.
I wouldn't hesitate to let the whole family watch this one, though I think that the storyline would appeal more to adults.
As a girl that grew up on The African Queen, It's A Wonderful Life, and The Wizard Of Oz, I would have enjoyed this one as teenager
This is a great movie for winding down in the evening or relaxing on a weekend. Desk Set is predictable in the romance department but how they get there is what makes it so fun and funny.
Note: There is an extended scene at the holiday office party where the 'winter cheer' flows quite freely, it is totally played for laughs.
Spencer Tracy ... Richard Sumner
Katharine Hepburn ... Bunny Watson
Gig Young ... Mike Cutler
Joan Blondell ... Peg Costello
Dina Merrill ... Sylvia Blair
Sue Randall ... Ruthie Saylor
Neva Patterson ... Miss Warriner
Rockefeller Center, Manhattan, New York City, NY
Stage 6, 20th Century Fox Studios - 10201 Pico Blvd., Century City, Los Angeles, CA (studio)
Richard Sumner: That's correct!
Bunny Watson: Yes, I know.
Mr. Azae: You don't care whether you impress people or not, do you?
Richard Sumner: You wait until you get my bill. You'll be impressed.
Bunny Watson: I don't smoke, I only drink champagne when I'm lucky enough to get it, my hair is naturally natural, I live alone... and so do you.
Richard Sumner: How do you know that?
Bunny Watson: Because you're wearing one brown sock and one black sock.
Richard Sumner: You were late this morning.
Bunny Watson: I know. But it's alright - I brought a note from my mother.
Sylvia Blair: What do you suppose it'll be like here next Christmas when we're gone? Do you think EMERAC will throw a party?
Ruthie Saylor: Oh, don't talk that way. It's bad luck to talk like that. It's Christmas!
Bunny Watson: It's Christmas.
Peg Costello: Well, if we do get canned, we won't be the only ones to lose our jobs because of a machine.
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