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


Office of the president.

Is Azae in?

Mr. Azae's secretary

is right through that door.

Thank you.


I'm Richard Sumner.

Would you tell him

I'm here?

Mr. Sumner?

Oh, Mr. Sumner!

I know Mr. Azae

is terribly anxious to see you, but...

What's the matter?

Well, excuse me, Mr. Sumner,

but you're a day early.

Your appointment

isn't until tomorrow.

Oh. Is this Monday?

No, sir, it's Tuesday.

And your appointment's

for Wednesday.

Well, why don't you just ring him,

tell him I'm here to see him.

I'm sorry, Mr. Sumner,

but Mr. Azae isn't in yet.

Oh. Oh, well...

Oh, uh, w-where's

the research department?

I might as well

have a look at that.

Research and Reference

is on the 28th floor... that's 2809.

- Who's in charge there?

- Miss Watson.

Would you like me to

write that down for you, sir?

Sure, if you want to.


Miss Watson.

- You're left-handed.

- Yes, sir.

Office is all wrong for you.

Light comes from

the wrong direction.

Desk should be reversed.

Wait a minute, sir.!

You forgot this.!

Hold it, please.

Reference department.

Miss Costello.

- Peg? Cathy?

- Yes, Cathy.

There's a character named Richard Sumner

on his way down to see you.

Richard Sumner?

What for? Who is he?

My other phone. I'll call you back.

Thank you for waiting.

Is this the Society

for the Preservation of Eskimo Culture?

This is Miss Costello of the

Federal Broadcasting Company,

and I'm trying to find out the truth

about the Eskimo habit of rubbing noses.

Yes, connect me.

I'll hold on.

Reference department. Miss Blair.

Yes, we've looked

that up for you,

and there are certain poisons

which leave no trace,

but it's network policy

not to mention them on our programs.

Reference. Miss Saylor.

Oh, yes.

I called earlier about that little black

velvet strapless you had in the window.

Hello. I'm trying to find out the truth

about the Eskimo habit of rubbing noses.

That isn't very much

of a reduction, is it?

Well, do they rub noses,

or don't they?

But I saw an identical one for

ten dollars less in a store downtown.

Never mind.

I'll call the Explorers Club.

And will you call me back?

Thank you.

Reference department.

Miss Costello.

- Cathy again.

- Yes, Cathy?

- About this Richard Sumner.

- Yes? What about him?

I don't know exactly who he is.

Some kind of nut, I think.

Or somebody very important.

Probably both.

Do me a favor. If he leaves your place,

find out where he's going.

Azae wants to see him.

Sure I will, Cathy.



Miss Blair.

Yes, just a moment.

I'll switch you to our baseball expert.

Peg? On two.

Miss Costello speaking.

The highest lifetime

batting average?

Yes, that was held

by Tyrus Raymond...


with a percentage of.367.


Yes, I have that too.

He played only with the Detroit Tigers

for 21 years.


You're quite welcome.

- Good morning.

- Morning.

- May I help you?

- No. No, thanks.

Interesting place here.

Do you mind if I look around?

Not at all.

- Make yourself right at home.

- Thank you.

- What do you suppose he's up to?

- Who is he?

Richard Sumner.

Azae wants to see him.

If he leaves here,

we're supposed to trail him.

- Where'd you get that?

- Cathy.

Catch anything?

Hello, Reference. Miss Saylor.

Oh. It's for you, Mr. Sumner.


How'd you know my name?

Well, didn't you mention it?

- No.

- Oh.


We've done a bit of juggling

with our appointments, Mr. Sumner.

Mr. Azae will be able

to see you today.

Well, just call me when he's ready.

I'll be right here.



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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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