Desk Set (1957)
Desk Set (1957) Genre(s): Comedy | Romance

Directed by: Walter Lang

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Gig Young, Joan Blondell, Dina Merrill, Sue Randall, Neva Patterson, Harry Ellerbe, Nicholas Joy, Diane Jergens, Merry Anders, Ida Moore, Rachel Stephens

Synopsis: An efficiency expert clashes with the head of a research department when he brings in an "electronic brain" to help with her workload.

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Ripley's movie review

Witty dialogue with some great lines and pretty nifty sound effects for the enormous computer. The chemistry between Hepburn and Tracy is on full display here (I love the way she looks at him) and nobody makes a drunk person look classier than Hepburn. All of those things should help you ignore the number of times IBM gets a mention in an early example of product placement. It's not the best movie Hepburn and Tracy have ever made together but it's still pretty good.

An interesting side note: There's a program on CBC radio named for Hepburn's character in this movie.

Added 17 March 2005 at 3:52 AM

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