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, this…  See more details below


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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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.

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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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Pillow Talk 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I admit it. I love Doris Day. Actually I adore her! And despite Doris being dubbed “The Eternal Virgin” she was actually ahead of her time in some of her movies, playing independent women with careers who were not on the lookout for a man to make her life complete. She’s a wonderful actress and a natural comedienne, so it goes without saying that I love her movies, especially her romantic comedies. And none more than her 1959 classic where she teams with Rock Hudson in their first movie together called “Pillow Talk”. Jan Morrow (Doris) plays an interior decorator who shares a telephone line with womanizing songwriter Brad Allen (Rock). Brad keeps her telephone line tied up all day talking to his girlfriends, stopping Jan from using her phone for business. She complains but nothing is resolved. Then Brad sees Jan by chance and is instantly attracted. Knowing she hates Brad Allen whom thankfully she’s never seen, he pretends to be a nice country boy from Texas, called Rex Stetson. He almost succeeds in seducing her… and then she discovers who he really is. In the supporting cast, the very funny Tony Randall plays a wimpy, lovesick millionaire who wants to marry Jan, and who also happens to be Brad’s best friend. Thelma Ritter plays Jan’s frequently sloshed housekeeper who loves to give Jan advice on men. Both supporting characters give wonderful performances. For myself as a romance writer, this movie is perfect. It is a fantastic example of how witty dialogue should be written, how to keep the pace racing along, how to show the sexual attraction, and how to write a plot that works, despite it being full of coincidences and contrivances. By the way, look for Rock Hudson’s scene where he ‘pretends’ to be gay. Looking at the movie now, it’s obvious he was laughing at playing a part he knew so well. And how risqué for those times. Having read his biography, his career would have been over before it began if word had gotten out about his real life sexual preference. As for Doris, she preferred to be a dancer, but as a teenager when the car she was in was hit by a train, she spent many months in bed with leg injuries and that’s where she learnt to sing. Her singing teacher taught her how to get that husky catch to her voice, used to perfection with the many fabulous songs in this movie. So give yourself a treat and watch Pillow Talk. This movie totally deserves a 10 out of 10. Enjoy!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is very funny. You'll really want to watch it over and over again. Once your done watching it you'd still wish we had party lines!! I'd say it's kids approved.:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Doris Day deserved the Best Actress Oscar nomination she received for this very funny comedy. Rock was surprisingly good in his role as the hunky wolf and Tony Randall was certainly cheated out of a nomination as ''Best Supporting Actor.'' Thelma Ritter also deserved to win the Oscar she was nominated for here, since she had lost so many times before. This is a bright film that you never tire of, it's that good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pillow Talk is my favorite of the movies that Doris Day starred in with Rock Hudson. It is charming, and very witty and they were both superb and so was the supporting cast of Tony Randall and Thela Ritter! When they first released this anamorphic widescreen DVD there were major mistakes on the DVD where several scenes were misframed and in one scene half of Tony Randall's face was missing but they redid the DVD and rereleased it and at the time offered free replacements and I got one of the replacements and the fixed DVD is alot better! If you are buying used DVD's just be aware that the old misframed DVDs that someone didn't return for a replacement could be being sold in the used DVD market.
DDFAN More than 1 year ago
I was 16 when this movie came out and fell in love with it...I went to see it 16 times in the theatre! It was great escapist material for a teenager who was going thru typical teen problems. I have been a fan of Doris Day since I was 10 when I first heard If I Give My Heart To You and still am a huge fan...this movie will always be my favorite! The writing is wonderful as is the comedic acting of Doris Day, Rock Hudson and Tony Randall. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Mom loved her Pillow Talk movie with Doris Day and Rock Hudson. She loves Rock Husdon.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i saw this movie by accident, i fliped the channel with out nottice since the movie had just started i keeped watching it and i'm glad it has become my favorite movie from the 50s. i don't really understand the name, but doris day is such a good acctress and funny.no dought that this movie should be given five stars.