Desk Set (1957)


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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 … More

Rating: G
Genre: Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Phoebe Ephron, Henry Ephron
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 4, 2004
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for Desk Set

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (3)

[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.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | December 10, 2013
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.

Full Review… | July 6, 2007

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

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

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.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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.

Aj V

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.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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