Desk Set

The girls and guys who make the office such a wonderful place to love in!
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Format:  DVD
item number:  XJE9
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DVD Features:

  • Commentary
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: May 4, 2004
  • Originally Released: 1957
  • Label: 20th Century Fox
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Mono - English
    • Mono - French
    • Mono - Spanish
    • Stereo - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: Dina Merrill - Star, Neva Patterson - Star
    • Movietone News:
      1. "Designers Inspired For New Creation By Film 'Desk Set'"
    • Trailers:
      1. Theatrical Trailer
      2. "Studio Classics"

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Entertainment Reviews:

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 6,045
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Desk Set is a big, shiny, doohickey coasting on the warm offerings of earlier triumphs. Full Review
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
[I]t's still a witty, often diverting romantic comedy that further demonstrates how well the duo fit. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Jan 25, 2019
Rating: B- -- Mildly amusing but not great comedy, penned by the Ephrons from a stage play, this eighth teaming of Tracy and Hepburn places the battle of the sexes in the workplace against the threat of new technology. Full Review
EmanuelLevy.Com
Jul 6, 2007
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. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jan 1, 2000
Drunken Christmas office parties and antiquated technology notwithstanding, the real fun in Desk Set is watching these two pros and longtime loves play off of each other for one of their final cinematic turns together. Full Review
AV Club
Jan 25, 2019
...This has obvious stage origins, but note how polished the playing is in the duo's rooftop lunch scene...
USA Today
Mar 2, 1990
Rating: 3/5 -- A charming, if predictable, romantic comedy is enlivened by the matchless talents of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn--as well as by its graceful use of a brand-new comic trope: the electronic computer. Full Review
TV Guide
Jan 25, 2019

Description by OLDIES.com:

Bunny Watson (Katharine Hepburn) heads up the research department at the Federal Broadcasting Company, a major TV network. And she does her job very well, thank you very much. Assigned by the network president to introduce computers into some of the department's functions, Richard Sumner (Spencer Tracy) arrives at Bunny's well-run division to observe daily activities. Unfortunately, however, Sumner is ordered to keep his mission secret. As a result, the whole staff believes they are being replaced. To make matters worse, there appears to be more than a little electricity between Bunny and Sumner, which upsets Bunny's boyfriend Mike (Gig Young). As tension in the office mounts, so do the laughs in this classic romantic comedy!

Product Description:

The legendary screen duo of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn bring their keen comic timing and elegant, palpable chemistry to Walter Lang's DESK SET. Hepburn is cast as Bunny Watson, an exceedingly feminine reference librarian in a longtime lukewarm relationship with TV executive Mike Cutler (Gig Young). Tracy plays Richard Sumner, a hardheaded computer whiz who has designed a system named Miss Emmy to replace Bunny and the rest of her staff. Bunny and Richard clash at first, but their fiery encounters soon begin to take on an unmistakably romantic glow. Lang's film features an excellent script by Henry and Phoebe Ephron, adapted from the play by William Marchant. The sharp, hilarious dialogue is delivered with flair by Tracy and Hepburn, who had played opposite each other seven times before filming began. Fine work from supporting actors Young and Joan Blondell, as well as some unintentionally amusing 1950s conceptions of a computerized world, round out DESK SET's overflowing collection of buoyant charms.

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  • Sales Rank: 3,794
  • UPC: 024543115649
  • Shipping Weight: 0.28/lbs (approx)
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