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

with that information.

- Where the...

- Thank you.

- Uh...

- What's the matter?

Uh, l... I had a tape measure.

I must have left it here.

What did it look like?

I mean, any color?

No, just a plain, ordinary...

Oh, here it is.

Here it is.

Uh, sorry.

- Th-Thank you.

- Don't mention it.

Uh, I'll... see you later.


What is it, Bunny?

Who is he?

- What's he doing up here?

- Yes, what's he want, anyway?

Uh, got a cigarette, Peg?

Sure. Why?

- Why not?

- You only smoke when there's a crisis.

Who is he?

- H-He's an engineer.

- No wonder he was measuring the place.

- Measuring?

- He had a tape measure.

- He taped the whole layout.

- He did?

Maybe we're getting

that air-conditioning, finally.

Hmm, that figures.

This is November.

Last August they were too busy.

Yeah, that's probably it.

Or something like that, anyway.

Your phone, Peg.

Well, kids, what do you say we give

the company a little of our time?

- Got any memos you want me to check?

- There are a few, Miss Watson.

- I'll come out.

- Okay.

Here they are, if you would.

I'd say the Times index for this.

The old Farmer's Almanac for this.

If not, U.S. Weather

Information Service.

But check the Farmer's Almanac first

and save time.

This is from the Bible.

Book of Amos, chapter one.

Thank you.


Miss Watson.

Yes, yes, I have that right here.

Certainly. It's no trouble.

"By the shores of Gitchee Gumee,

by the shining big sea waters,

stood the wigwam of Nakomis,

daughter of the moon, Nakomis."

Childhood? No, no.

That comes a little farther down.

"And he sang the song of children,

"sang the song

Nakomis taught him...

"'Wah-wah taysee, little firefly,

"'little flitting white-fire insect,

"'little dancing white-fire creature,

"'light me with your little candle...

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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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