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Tracy & Hepburn Complete Collection (DVD)


One of the later Spencer Tracy-Katherine Hepburn matchups, this time pitting efficiency expert--sorry, that's "methods engineer"--Richard Sumner (Tracy) against TV-network research whiz Bunny Watson (Hepburn) over adding a new-fangled computer--again, sorry, that's "electronic brain"--to her department, thereby threatening her and her colleagues' livelihoods. Gig Young appears as Bunny's beau, an ambitious network executive who strings her along and becomes apoplectic at the idea that she doesn't need him. But as always, it's Hepburn and Tracy's bickering-flirting that makes this such a winning enterprise--a lunch date that turns into an interrogation and their sly repartee during a Christmas party are a couple of the movie's hilarious highlights. Interestingly, what starts out as something of a technophobic exercise--Hepburn fears for her job, and a computer goes haywire--takes an abrupt turn (perhaps the IBM product placement had something to do with that). Briskly scripted by Henry and Phoebe Ephron (Nora and Delia's parents) from a play by William Marchant. --David Kronke --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We get set up with Desk Set at last! May 3 2004
"A large market exists in the U.S. for classic movies on DVD. There can really be no excuse for withholding America's rightful cinematic history when Europe and Asia is already enjoying it!" That comes from another reviewer on these pages, and I second that emotion.
I'll go even further than that review and say that Desk Set is the BEST film with Spence and Kate. And don't forget the great Gig Young doing his perfect second banana routine, which has already delighted us in so many other films. They didn't hide behind so many physical gags or the safer facade of black and white. Instead they acted out the script in glorious full color widescreen and stereo, no less.
And did Fox drop the ball in giving us the proper widescreen version of this classic? No, they did not! The studio came through for us (which is more than we can usually say about studios) and put it out in widescreen! And they even added some actress commentary for good measure. Yes, it's been a long 9-year wait, since DVDs first came out in 1995, but it's here now, at least.
And what a great modern plot Desk Set has: an independent woman (instead of a cloying playtoy), a job for that woman as a research expert, (instead of the usual secretary trying to date her boss), a strong leading man but one with a sense of humor (instead of the usual he-man tough guy). And all smack in the middle of the early revolution of COMPUTERS!
The man vs. machine concepts in this film will reverberate down through the ages. Plus it has a great romantic plot, too. This film has everything! Many people say they love to see a well-restored 1957 Chevy, but I'll take this well-restored 1957 Desky instead!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!!! May 9 2004
I've been waiting for this DVD forever because I love this movie but can't stand the pan-and-scan version. I just saw this mentioned on Turner Classic Movies, cried out "Yes! Yes!" and immediately came to Amazon to see if they have it. I am so glad they do! And in honor of this great movie finally being released in all of it's widescreen glory, I am cut and pasting my review for the video version here below:
"Like Floating Island...Delicious!"
The smart dialogue, the gorgeous fashion, the way you want to kick Gig Young in the teeth...I wish more modern comedy could be this clever. (My two favorite scenes are the rooftop lunch quiz and the rainy evening misunderstanding. As usual you never think Tracy is acting, he's so real. And Hepburn's Miss Watson (her name a inside-joke nod to the founder of IBM -Thomas J. Watson) is a character you root for to blow off egotistical beau Mike. Another bonus is the Sumners snooty EMIRAC assistant, Miss Warringer-whose come-uppance couldn't be better. I want a brown coat like Bunny's!
Thank goodness this is finally out on DVD and WIDESCREEN! It's completely enjoyable now without the distractions of pan and scan!
Tracy and Hepburn Forever!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cast Feb. 11 2012
Funny, literate, even about computers, which were almost unknown -or greatly feared- at that time. Tracey and Hepburn at their peak in a most unusual romantic comedy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Desk Set June 1 2013
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Spencer Tracy was excellent.
Katherine Hepburn his equal.
Very interesting to see just how far computers have advanced.
Must search out more about Joan Blondell. Enjoyed her!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cute little movie! May 27 2013
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This would be your typical Spencer Tracy/Katharine Hepburn movie. A delight to watch. Set during the Christmas season. I love these old movies anyway, and it's always nice to see the real chemistry that is so obvious when these two acted together. A nice little jem to add to your collection of Tracy/Hepburn movies. It's mainly about how Computers are being introduced to make the work more efficient and how that back fires in the end.

K. Jones, NB, Canada
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By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
This 1957 film directed by Walter Lang was the eighth of the nine Tracy-Hepburn films and their first in color. Based on the play by William Marchant (which had starred Shirley Booth on Broadway), Katharine Hepburn plays Bunny Watson, a reference librarian who works for a television network. Bunny becomes quite concerned when she learns that the new computer being installed by Spencer Tracy's Richard Sumner is supposed to put her and the rest of her staff out of work. Gig Young has his standard role as the nice guy who ends up losing the girl in the end, while Joan Blondell, Dina Merrill and Sue Randall make up the rest of Bunny's brainy staff.
In terms of pairing Tracy and Hepburn "Desk Set" is certainly unique because it is the only film where she gets the upper hand at the end and he gets the comeuppance. Tracy is really nothing more than a misunderstood villain; his new toy is suppose to help the girls in the reference library not replace them. But none of this really matters because in the end it is clear than the women are a lot smarter than the machine (although they do get the baseball trivia answer wrong). The one priceless scene in the film is a roof top lunch between Tracy and Hepburn. He just has a few simple questions for her that turn out to be brainteasers, and Hepburn's character disposes of each and every challenge with an ease grace and guileless naiveté that is quite charming, while Tracy sinks lower and lower as she beats him at every turn. The rest of the film is fairly pedestrian as we wait for the expected happy endings for the computer and romantic plot lines.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Computer angst
If you think that computer problems are a recent development, just watch this half-century old flick and you'll change your mind. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Beth Bruesch
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
A wonderful compilation of all of the films that they did together .Enough has already been said about their off-screen relationship but it begs the question " Would their... Read more
Published 10 months ago by John V
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you a classic Tracy/Hepburn fan and want to see rare films?...
I love classic films that are rare and difficult to view. I especially love Tracy/Hepburn films and this 10 disc collection has it all! Read more
Published 10 months ago by W. Ian Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars liked everything about it
I ordered this b/c I remembered the wonderful dresses and suits the women wore to work, especially for their office Christmas party. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2012 by busybee1
This is one of Kate and Spencer's later efforts - post MGM, pre-"Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" and it generally lacks in the chemistry that most of thier work at MGM had in spades. Read more
Published on May 4 2004 by Nix Pix
5.0 out of 5 stars "... you're wearing one brown sock and one black sock."
Directed by Walter Lang (1896-1972) and based upon a play written originally by William Marchant (1923-1995), the 1957 comedy "Desk Set", starring the legendary duo of Spencer... Read more
Published on April 14 2004 by M. Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Predictable! Totally Wonderful! Can't Wait!
I have this on laserdisc which means it is letterboxed. I became
a researcher after seeing this movie. I said "that is a fun job" and I have been doing it for 40 years. Read more
Published on March 25 2004 by City Of Evanston
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