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Desk Set (1957)

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Critic Reviews: 2
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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

Unrated,

Romance, Classics, Comedy

Phoebe Ephron, Henry Ephron

May 4, 2004

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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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.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A winning comedy that's as leisurely as the Eisenhower years, with just a hint of the rebellion that's coming down the pike.

December 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

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.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The Spence & Kate show starts to show its age.

November 23, 2005
Las Vegas Review-Journal

So refreshingly smart.

March 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

April 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

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

April 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

One of the great Tracy-Hepburn pairings, this adaptation from the Broadway stage focuses on the love that grows from the contentious relationship...

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

One of the better Tracy-Hepburn screen pairings.

October 28, 2002
Laramie Movie Scope

Stagey, but pleasant star vehicle

August 7, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Desk Set

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, ever alludes to their age (which modern studio execs, particularly Nancy Meyers, would absolutely leap on). Also, I think that Joan Blondell is a ton of fun. It's nice to know she held onto her spark til the end.
July 4, 2011
jennifxu

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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 are great together as always, and this movie is a lot of fun.
November 17, 2010
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

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 silly. Of course, Tracy and Hepburn fall for each other, so the computer story-line is only a side issue.
July 24, 2010
Redlats

Super Reviewer

the best of the tracy-hepburn movies with a wonderful supporting cast. Did Joan Blondell ever give a bad performance?
April 4, 2007
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