Desk Set

Synopsis: The mysterious man hanging about at the research department of a big TV network proves to be engineer Richard Sumner, who's been ordered to keep his real purpose secret: computerizing the office. Department head Bunny Watson, who knows everything, needs no computer to unmask Richard. The resulting battle of wits and witty dialogue pits Bunny's fear of losing her job against her dawning attraction to Richard.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Walter Lang
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min

for me, please?

And very nice, too.

- I mean hold it against the wall, Miss...

- Miss Blair.

- This is Miss Costello and Miss Saylor.

- How do you do?

Over against that wall.

Would you mind?

All the way over.

- Here?

- That's it. Good.

What's it gonna be?

Midget golf? Snack bar?

Is Miss Watson in?

- Miss Watson?

- She's the head of Reference, isn't she?

- Yes. She just stepped out.

- You think she'll be long?

No. She's probably on the 31 st floor,

having a conference with her boss.

What did you want to see her about?

Maybe I could help you.

No, I don't think so.

Well, why don't you step in there.

You'll be more comfortable in her office.

Thank you.

What do you suppose he's doing

all that measuring for?

You think we're

being redecorated?

Does he look like

an interior decorator to you?

No! He looks like one of those men

who's just suddenly switched to vodka.

Morning, kids. Wait till you see

what I snagged at Bonwit's.

- Shh! Quiet!

- Here, take this.

- What the...

- Take it, and look busy!

- What's going on here?

- You've been in conference all morning.

- What's the matter with you?

- There's a strange character in there.

He's been waiting for you.

- What have I done?

- Bunny, you're late.

According to the grapevine,

Azae sent him down here.

And in case he's anybody that

can do anything to anybody...

Really, you girls kill me.

I was here until 10:00 last night.

This morning I had to go to I BM...

to see a demonstration

of the new electronic brain.

And on my way here

I stopped at Bonwit's.

- So what am I gonna...

- Miss Watson?


My name is Richard Sumner.

Well, numerologically,

that's very good.

There are 13 letters in your name.

- You calculate rapidly.

- Up to 13, anyway.

This is a nice, cheerful office

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Phoebe Ephron

Phoebe Ephron (née Wolkind; January 26, 1914 – October 13, 1971) was an American playwright and screenwriter, who often worked with Henry Ephron, her husband, whom she wed in 1934. Ephron was born in New York City to Louis and Kate (née Lautkin) Wolkind, a dress manufacturer.Ephron was active as a writer from the early 1940s through the early 1960s. Her four daughters – Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron, Hallie Ephron and Amy Ephron – all became writers, like their parents. Ephron was nominated for an Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium , along with writing partners Richard L. Breen and husband Henry Ephron, for their work on Captain Newman, M.D. (1963). She died in 1971, aged 57, in her native New York City. more…

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