Desk Set (1957)

Desk Set 1957

US Title:
Desk Set
Year:
1957
Country:
US
Director:
Walter Lang


What’s It About?
An efficiency engineer clashes with the head of a research department and her staff when he tries to computerize her office’s reference operations.

Short Review: 100 Words or Less (no spoilers)
This is a good movie, and I think it stands the test of time quite admirably. It’s well acted, well written, and the characters’ fears of being replaced (whether by an “electronic brain” sixty years ago, or by automation, outsourcing, cheap labor or nepotism nowadays) are still relevant today. So are the comedy and absurdity of office politics, which this movie hits spot on. Katharine Hepburn is terrific in this movie, so smart and so funny; but the real scene stealer is Joan Blondell. The film’s final ten minutes are hilarious and awesome. (“Shall she let it ring?! No never!…”)

Final Grade: B

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