Desk Set

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

Most reviewers agreed at the time that Hepburn got far more out of this mere bauble of a sex comedy than the 1955 Broadway play by William Marchant deserved. In it she plays the leader of an all-female TV network research team fearful of being rendered redundant by the arrival of an electronics expert's computer, with Tracy wooing her into acceptance. If Tracy was never quite as interesting as Hepburn's best comic foil, Cary Grant, he always allowed his offscreen lover ample scope. The results are some splendidly crisp exchanges between the pair, and the inevitable scene of embarrassment where he is literally 'caught with his pants down'.

By: RM


Release details

103 mins

Cast and crew

Walter Lang
Phoebe Ephron, Henry Ephron
Spencer Tracy
Katharine Hepburn
Joan Blondell
Gig Young
Dina Merrill
Neva Patterson
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