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Monday, July 9, 2012

Desk Set by Walter Lang, 1957 (NR)

with 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

Bunny Watson (Katharine Hepburn) is a reference librarian whose tepid long-term relationship with television executive Mike Cutler (Gig Young) is fizzling. Enter Richard Sumner (Spencer Tracy), a no-nonsense computer genius who's created a new product named Miss Emmy to automate the work of Bunny and her co-workers. The two butt heads in the beginning, but soon their disdain for one another turns to romantic sparks.

The summary isn't very accurate, I would describe her as a genius dictionary, who is not so genius in term of relationships. Sumner is a genius of another sort, computer geek, not too bad at human relationship, definitely lucid about where he interferes and seeing the rare pearl in Bunny. Anyway, it is an interesting movie, first time this duet is in COLOR, changing media from Paper journalism to TV, with a cultural difference where people can flirt for years, kiss publicly without altering their respectability. The fun comes also from the ping pong of the dialogues, Katharine is full of life, emotions, knowledge, Spencer Tracy is more straight forward than usual. The scenes at her apartment and on the rooftop of the Rockefeller Center are just perfect, combined with the testimony of a time where it was suspected that machines, computers, would replace humans in a lot of jobs, which was true in a way, but the movie gives a nice positive perspective on it.

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