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Desk Set

1957 1h 43m Romance Comedy TRAILER for Desk Set: Trailer 1 List Desk Set: Trailer 1 Desk Set: Trailer 1 2:18 View more videos
100% Tomatometer 24 Reviews 83% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Bunny Watson (Katharine Hepburn) is a library reference clerk stuck in a dead-end relationship with a boring television executive (Gig Young). Her life is thrown into turmoil when computer expert Richard Summers (Spencer Tracy) enters it. He has been assigned with automating her department, and she is fearful that Summers' new computers will automate her out of a job. She despises him at first, but eventually each of the two start to fall for the other's charms and strong personalities. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Desk Set reunites one of cinema's most well-loved pairings for a solidly crafted romantic comedy that charmingly encapsulates their timeless appeal.

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Mark Chalon Smith Los Angeles Times [I]t's still a witty, often diverting romantic comedy that further demonstrates how well the duo fit. Jan 25, 2019 Full Review Gwen Ihnat AV Club 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. Jan 25, 2019 Full Review Bosley Crowther New York Times [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. Rated: 3.5/5 Mar 25, 2006 Full Review Moira Walsh America Magazine It has, however, some notable advantages [over the stage version] in the shape of Miss Katherine Hepburn in the leading role (with Spencer Tracy thrown in for good measure opposite her). Jul 14, 2021 Full Review Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine The Broadway comedy of two seasons ago has been turned into a somewhat draggy but pleasant movie. Nov 13, 2019 Full Review Rachel Wagner rachelsreviews.net It doesn't have the emotional heft of something like The Apartment but it's a delightful little comedy with a hint of Christmas in it for the holidays. Rated: 7/10 Feb 6, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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jarrod r I'm a librarian, so it's part of the "required viewing" Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member What film are people watching? There is not much of a story and you know the depth of each character within seconds of meeting them. Basically, Hepburn is a walking and talking human computer and Tracy is a bumbling older man who is supposed to be the world’s top computer innovator. Looking for some laughs and romance - check out the pair’s many other films. You won’t find it here. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/05/22 Full Review deke p CLASSIC, cuz STARS, & who can remember they actual had COMPUTERS in 1957!! Like UNIVAC! WALL size, with flashing lights, beep bop boops, & spinning tape reels. 1/4/2022 on the MOVIE CHANEL. Note to sef, really shd to watch a once agin star to fin Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review ionut m A perfect movie for Christmas time. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Great movie! Hepburn and Tracy are always worth the watch. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review steve d The charms of its stars carry the film. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Bunny Watson (Katharine Hepburn) is a library reference clerk stuck in a dead-end relationship with a boring television executive (Gig Young). Her life is thrown into turmoil when computer expert Richard Summers (Spencer Tracy) enters it. He has been assigned with automating her department, and she is fearful that Summers' new computers will automate her out of a job. She despises him at first, but eventually each of the two start to fall for the other's charms and strong personalities.
Director
Walter Lang
Producer
Henry Ephron
Screenwriter
Henry Ephron, Phoebe Ephron
Production Co
Twentieth Century Fox
Genre
Romance, Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 1, 2013
Runtime
1h 43m
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