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Desk Set

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Walter Lang

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About the Movie

Based on the Broadway play by Robert Fryer and Lawrence Carr, Desk Set is the sixth screen teaming of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Hepburn plays Bunny Watson, the head of a TV network research department; Tracy plays Richard Sumner, an efficiency expert hired to modernize Watson's operation. When Sumner has a huge computer installed, Watson and her co-workers (including Joan Blondell and Sue Randall) fear that they're going to lose their jobs. Their suspicions are confirmed when the computer merrily begins issuing pink termination slips. Something is obviously amiss: the computer not only fires the ladies, but also the head of the network, and Sumner, who isn't even on the company payroll! Summer explains that the computer was designed to help Watson and her staff and not replace them; he also confesses that, given the pink-slip incident, this might not have been such a hot idea. Watson, who has fallen in love with Sumner, is in just the right mood to forgive him.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 17
  • Fresh: 17
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: [Miss Hepburn and Mr. Tracy] can tote phone books on their heads or balance feathers on their chins and be amusing -- which is about the size of what they do here. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: The least, perhaps, of the Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn collaborations...this 1957 comedy is nevertheless a bright and witty vehicle for its stars, directed well and anonymously by that fine old hack Walter Lang. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Game set

What a brilliant cast. Fun, lively. Quick on the humor and boy what acting.

Before Google?

Fantastic film with fast paced dialogue and a moral that we can all relate to - beware technology and modernity! Keep your brain smart, there's nothing out there quite like human logic and sensibility. Great backdrop of New York City and funny references to stops along what's now Metro-North. I gave this to a 20-something friend who had a broken foot - laid up in bed she had to watch it... Anyway, she enjoyed it, so it's for everyone, young city slickers and um, the suburbanites in the tri-state. Highly recommended.

A wonderful diversion

This is quite possibly one of the best romantic comedies of our time.

Desk Set
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1957

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