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

you have. Do you like it here?

Yes, I love it. If I didn't work here,

I'd pay to get in.

Are you from the story department,

Mr. Sumner?

No. No, I'm not.

I wonder if we could have

a little talk in your office.

- Certainly. Go right in.

- Thank you.

- Sit down.

- Thank you.

Yes, Mr. Sumner,

what can I do for you?

I didn't want to say anything

in front of your staff,

because every time I mention

what I do, people go into a panic.

Good heavens.

What do you do?

I'm a methods engineer.

Is that a sort of

efficiency expert?

Well, that term

is a bit obsolete now.

Oh. Forgive me.

I'm so sorry.

I'm the old-fashioned type.

I thought I knew everyone in this

building, but I haven't seen you before.

Well, I've only been around

a few times, just wandering about.

Oh, I see.

Sort of a migratory engineer.


Excuse me, Mr. Sumner.

What would a methods engineer

be doing in our little iron lung?

Well, you'd be surprised how

a little scientific application...

can improve

the work/man-hour relationship.

Mmm. Fascinating.

Uh-huh. Uh-huh.

And time is money, so they say.

Mm-hmm. So I've heard.

Green thumb.



Miss Watson.

Yes. Yes, he is.

It's for you.

Oh. Thank you.


Yes, I'm here with her now.

We're having

a very nice little talk.

Well, I haven't

got into that yet.

It's a little too soon to evaluate.

But I think we're thinking

along the right lines.


All right, Azae.

I'll be up in a few minutes. Bye.

- Azae.

- Yes, yes.

I'll have to come back later,

uh, Miss Watson.

You'll get to Azae's office

much quicker...

if you use this back elevator.

Oh. Oh, thank you.

- See you later.

- Fine.

Hi. Cathy? Bunny.

Hey, what do you know

about a Richard Sum...

Uh, I'll have to call you back

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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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