Desk Set
Desk Set (1957)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: May 15, 1957
DVD Release Date: May 4, 2004
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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.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

So refreshingly smart.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Desk Set is a big, shiny, doohickey coasting on the warm offerings of earlier triumphs.

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Christopher Null

Desk Set is quaintly funny and has a few memorable's ultimately harmless fun with a gossamer message about technology and gender roles.

James Plath
Movie Metropolis

A winning comedy that's as leisurely as the Eisenhower years, with just a hint of the rebellion that's coming down the pike.

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Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Spence & Kate show starts to show its age.

Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

You'd never find a backer for a rom-com with this little relationship anxiety now

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Jennifer Xu
What I really appreciated in this movie was that Hepburn was like - what, 50? - and Tracy approaching 60, and they could still create a magic movie that never,… More
jay nixon
the best of the tracy-hepburn movies with a wonderful supporting cast. Did Joan Blondell ever give a bad performance?
Aj V
Even people today can relate to the problems of modernization in the workplace, which is what this movie deals with, but in a humourous way. Hepburn and Tracy… More
Michael Gildea
A very fun and very dated movie--which is a lot of the charm for me.
Red Lats
It is always fun to watch Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Imagine a movie about a computer replacing staff researchers! Actually, the movie is a bit… More
Antonius Block
The script is clever, not great, the plot is cute, but not amazing, and the ending is predictable - but I like it anyway, and I've seen it several times… More