Pillow Talk (1959)

Pillow Talk (1959)




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When telephone lines are crossed, complete strangers meet and fall in love. Split screen sequences and songs spice up this light romantic comedy starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson. .
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Universal Pictures

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Rock Hudson
as Brad Allen - 'Rex Stetson'
Doris Day
as Jan Morrow
Tony Randall
as Jonathan Forbes
Marcel Dalio
as Pierot
Nick Adams
as Tony
Julia Meade
as Marie
Lee Patrick
as Mrs. Walters
Mary McCarty
as Nurse Resnick
Alex Gerry
as Dr. Maxwell
Hayden Rorke
as Mr. Conrad
Valerie Allen
as Eileen
Don Beddoe
as Mr. Walters
Robert B. Williams
as Mr. Graham
Perry Blackwell
as Entertainer
Muriel Landers
as `Moose' Fat Girl
William Schallert
as Hotel Clerk
Karen Norris
as Miss Dickerson
Lois Rayman
as Jonathan's Secretary
Harry Tyler
as Hansom Cabby
Joseph Mell
as Dry Goods Man
Lillian Culver
as Woman in elevator
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Critic Reviews for Pillow Talk

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (4)

Pillow Talk is a sleekly sophisticated production that deals chiefly with s-e-x.

Full Review… | May 28, 2008
Top Critic

Compulsively mainstream as only 50s Hollywood could be, and never very funny.

Full Review… | May 28, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It often seems complacent and shallow.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

One of the most lively and up-to-date comedy-romances of the year.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

as light and fluffy as its title implies... it's a fun film to watch unfold, resting on the shoulders of its charismatic stars

Full Review… | June 8, 2012
7M Pictures

It's impossible to imagine this movie not being presented in CinemaScope, as the widescreen format is integral in supporting the imaginative use of split-screen techniques.

Full Review… | May 8, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Pillow Talk

A rakish bachelor shares a party line with a prudish single woman. Shallow and farcical, Pillow Talk rests wholly on the assumption that its audience will find Rock Hudson and Doris Day sufficiently charming that they could perform whatever script and tell whatever story and the audience will still find them attractive. Unfortunately for the film, I find them both attractive but cannot stand a story that is so contrived and ridiculous that it insults my intelligence and over-estimates its own charm. Overall, this film proves that fluff is as old as cinema itself.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


Before I delve into the mediocrity of a fifties' romantic comedy film starring Doris Day, I would like to say that I do have an unquestionable bias against this film, and that is that it stars Day. There's just something so contrived and fake about her persona onscreen and every time I watch one of her sugar spun tales of deception and happy endings my stomach curdles in horror. Romantic comedies in themselves don't chafe against me, nor ones set in a time period that valued modesty and censorship. It's this particular film that seriously rubs me the wrong way, mostly because of how sterile and playful it's trying to be about adult relationships. Being childish about sex is not toned down, and it's not fine for the times, it's gross and leaves open a vacuum that gets filled with obtuse puns and ridiculous misunderstandings between characters. Really there are no cute catastrophes or remarkable setbacks to this film. It's simply a film about a prideful, powerful businesswoman who is trying to make calls through a party line while a philandering bachelor makes calls to floozies when he should be writing hit songs. She has none of the neurosis of future female leads, only ambitions and actual character. Rock Hudson's character is a less than affable, manipulative pig, who keeps messing with Doris Day's character, while she blithely goes along with everything that happens and listens to the advice of said pig which makes no sense. Really it's two noxious characters that are so difference than these actors really are. I was sincerely surprised at Hudson, who made a joke about a character being a homosexual and not in a subtle way at that, which was Hudson's sexual orientation throughout his life. It's just too easy to be cynical about this film, and too annoyed at the pithy dialogue and fake smiles to fully enjoy the lack of chemistry between Hudson and Day.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


Romantic comedy about a couple who haven't met but share a telephone line. If you like Shop Around The Corner, You've Got Mail, How To Lose A Guy In 10 days then you will like this movie.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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