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Pillow Talk

A movie directed by Michael Gordon

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classic Day

  • Jul 10, 2000
Rating:
+5
PILLOW TALK marked the first onscreen pairing for Doris Day and Rock Hudson. Their remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime chemistry made their movies true classics, and PILLOW TALK is still the best of the bunch.

Day plays Jan Morrow, a prim designer, forced to share a telephone partyline with oily womaniser Brad Allen (Hudson). As the sparks fly so do the one-liners, when Brad decides to have a little fun with uptight Jan. He masquerades as a bashful Texan and quickly wins her affections, but has the love-bug also bitten Brad...?

PILLOW TALK marked a resurgence in Doris Day's flagging movie career; and also signalled a long chain of romantic comedy roles ("That Touch of Mink", "The Thrill of It All!", "Move Over, Darling", "The Glass Bottom Boat", "Do Not Disturb").

Rock Hudson would later team with Day again for "Lover Come Back" and "Send Me No Flowers". PILLOW TALK also features stellar work from Thelma Ritter and Tony Randall. Doris looks a treat in some gorgeous Jean Louis gowns and ensembles.

If only Universal had put more work into the DVD. PILLOW TALK is presented in non-anamorphic widescreen, and the print of the film is in bad shape with lots of grain and scratches. There are no solid extras either. This was a landmark film of the period, and I'm sure some decent work could have been done to make it's DVD debut a memorable one. Oh well...

Still, PILLOW TALK is a mandatory disc in your classic film collection, but don't expect miracles with the DVD transfer. (Single-sided, single-layer disc)

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Jan Morrow (Doris Day) and Brad Allen (Rock Hudson) have never met, but they're sworn enemies because of one small appliance in their lives: the telephone. The two share a party line, and Jan is outraged over the amount of time Bill spends wooing women over the phone. A convenient triangle emerges when a client (Tony Randall) of Jan's--she's an interior decorator--falls in love with her and happens to be Brad's old college chum. When Brad makes the connection, he decides to try to court Jan himself, to make her more sympathetic to his phone woes. Of course, she'd never go for such a heel, so he passes himself off as Rex Stetson, a Texas rancher visiting New York. The ensuing tale, albeit predictable, is lots of fun, with some quick-witted dialogue and some clever use of split-screens for the phone calls. Thelma Ritter is hilarious as Jan's always-hung-over maid, Alma; and the pairing of Rock and Doris works beautifully, as always.--Jenny Brown

Academy Awards, 1960: Best writing, story and screenplay--written directly for the screen.
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Director: Michael Gordon
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: October 7, 1959
DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004
Runtime: 102 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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