Desk Set
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Based on the Broadway play by Robert Fryer and Lawrence Carr, Desk Set represents the eighth screen teaming of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Hepburn plays the head of a TV network research department; Tracy plays an efficiency expert, hired to modernize Hepburn's operation. When Tracy has a huge computer installed, Hepburn and her co-workers (including Joan Blondell and Sue "Miss Landers" Randall) fear that they're going to lose their jobs. Their suspicions are confirmed when the computer merrily begins issuing pink termination slips. But something is obviously amiss:… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"[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
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"So refreshingly smart."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One of the great Tracy-Hepburn pairings, this adaptation from the Broadway stage focuses on the love that grows from the contentious relationship..."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"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
"Desk Set is a big, shiny, doohickey coasting on the warm offerings of earlier triumphs."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Desk Set is quaintly funny and has a few memorable's ultimately harmless fun with a gossamer message about technology and gender roles."
‑ Christopher Null,
"One of the better Tracy-Hepburn screen pairings."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A winning comedy that's as leisurely as the Eisenhower years, with just a hint of the rebellion that's coming down the pike."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"The Spence & Kate show starts to show its age."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"You'd never find a backer for a rom-com with this little relationship anxiety now"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"Stagey, but pleasant star vehicle"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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