Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk

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Director: Michael Gordon

Cast: Michael Gordon, Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall

     
 

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The fabulously successful Pillow Talk was essentially Shop Around the Corner for the 1950s. Playboy composer Rock Hudson and interior-decorator Doris Day are obliged to share a telephone party line. Naturally, their calls overlap at the least opportune times, and just as naturally, thisSee more details below

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The fabulously successful Pillow Talk was essentially Shop Around the Corner for the 1950s. Playboy composer Rock Hudson and interior-decorator Doris Day are obliged to share a telephone party line. Naturally, their calls overlap at the least opportune times, and just as naturally, this leads to Hudson and Day despising each other without ever having met in person. In a cute but convenient coincidence, Doris' boy friend is Tony Randall, who also happens to be Hudson's best pal. Thus Hudson gets a glimpse at Day, and it's love at first sight. To avoid revealing that he's her telephone rival, Hudson poses as a wealthy Texan and turns the charm on Day. But when he starts pitching woo, Day instantly recognizes all the "make-out" lines Hudson has used on the phone with his other conquests. She gets even by decorating Hudson's apartment in a hideous manner. But Hudson loves her all the same; he "kidnaps" her, carrying her through the streets in her nightgown in full view of everyone, including a laughing cop who refuses to intervene. He praises her horrifying interior decoration job effusively, and at this point Day can't help but give in to his marriage proposal. A bit too arch and cute for modern tastes at times, Pillow Talk is still one of the best of the frothy Doris Day-Rock Hudson vehicles; it made a fortune at the box office and garnered five Oscar nominations.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Hopelessly sexist by contemporary standards, Pillow Talk remains one of the perfect examples of the 1950s sex comedy. It practically bursts with coquettish prudery, winking at the viewer before closing the bedroom door and displaying the sort of barely concealed sexual anxiety that encouraged strong-jawed displays of testosterone among men and virtuoso virtue among women. In addition to providing a window through which to observe the sexual politics of the 1950s, the film is also the most enduring of the Doris Day-Rock Hudson comedies. Day is obscenely wholesome, Hudson is the epitome of a suave Neanderthal, and, together, they comprise one of the most perfectly mismatched couples ever captured on celluloid. It's a silly affair, a classic romantic comedy that bounces along on candy-colored charm and glib wit.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/14/2009
UPC:
0025192026911
Original Release:
1959
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:43:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rock Hudson Brad Allen
Doris Day Jan Morrow
Tony Randall Jonathan Forbes
Thelma Ritter Alma
Nick Adams Tony Walters
Julia Meade Marie
Allen Jenkins Harry
Marcel Dalio Pierot
Lee Patrick Mrs. Walters
Mary McCarty Nurse Resnick
Alex Gerry Dr. Maxwell
Hayden Rorke Mr. Conrad
Valerie Allen Eileen
Jacqueline Beer Yvette
Arlen Stuart Tilda
Don Beddoe Mr. Walters
Robert B. Williams Mr. Graham
Perry Blackwell Perry
Muriel Landers "Moose" Fat Girl
William Schallert Hotel Clerk
Karen Norris Miss Dickerson
Boyd "Red" Morgan Trucker
Frances Sternhagen Actor
Dorothy Abbott Singer
Lillian Culver Woman in elevator
Joseph Mell Dry Goods Man
Harry Tyler Hansom Cabby

Technical Credits
Michael Gordon Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Arthur E. Arling Cinematographer
Phil Bowles Asst. Director
Leslie I. Carey Sound/Sound Designer
Miton Carruth Editor
Frank deVol Score Composer
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Joseph E. Gershenson Musical Direction/Supervision
Clarence Greene Screenwriter
Roswell A. Hoffmann Special Effects
Ross Hunter Producer
Ruby Levitt Set Decoration/Design
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Martin Melcher Producer
Robert Pritchard Sound/Sound Designer
Maurice Richlin Screenwriter
Richard H. Riedel Art Director
Russell Rouse Screenwriter
Stanley Shapiro Screenwriter
Clifford Stine Special Effects
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Bud Westmore Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pillow Talk
1. Main Titles [2:10]
2. The Party Line [7:44]
3. A Thank You Gift [2:39]
4. The Phone Company [7:12]
5. Battle 'Lines' [8:25]
6. The Harvard Man [5:32]
7. Rex to the Rescue [18:21]
8. A Good Clean Chat [4:13]
9. A Medical Miracle [4:20]
10. "Roly Poly" [:35]
11. Up to Connecticut [4:54]
12. "Possess Me" [5:39]
13. Name That Tune [4:48]
14. Love & Loose Teeth [5:38]
15. Alcohol & Advice [3:10]
16. A Hired Decorator [2:57]
17. The Dissatisfied [9:02]
18. Not Quite the End [3:43]

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