Desk Set [DVD] [1957]

For the old-fashioned folks who feel that the romantic comedy genre just isn't what it used to be, get ready for a blast from the past with 20th Century Fox's release of the Spencer Tracy/Katharine Hepburn classic Desk Set. The film is presented in 2.35:1 widescreen and offers a variety of audio options including English Dolby Digital mono and stereo, Spanish Dolby Digital mono, and French Dolby Digital mono with optional English and Spanish subtitles -- so viewers around the globe will be able to appreciate Tracy and Hepburn regardless of what language they may speak. A nice surprise for such an old title, 20th Century Fox has also seen fit to include some fantastic extra features on this disc as well. In addition to a commentary track by Dina Merrill and Neva Patterson, viewers can also access a featurette detailing the influential design of Desk Set as well as a stills gallery and a flurry of trailers for such studio classics as All About Eve and The Seven Year Itch.
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Special Features

  • Commentary by actors Dina Merrill and Neva Patterson
  • Movietone News: "Designers Inspired for New Creation by Film Desk Set"
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Studio Classics Trailers: All About Eve, An Affair to Remember, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, and The Seven Year Itch
  • Still Gallery
  • Closed Captioned


Desk Set
Based on the Broadway play by Robert Fryer and Lawrence Carr, Desk Set represents the eighth screen teaming of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Hepburn plays the head of a TV network research department; Tracy plays an efficiency expert, hired to modernize Hepburn's operation. When Tracy has a huge computer installed, Hepburn and her co-workers (including Joan Blondell and Sue "Miss Landers" Randall) fear that they're going to lose their jobs. Their suspicions are confirmed when the computer merrily begins issuing pink termination slips. But something is obviously amiss: the computer not only fires the ladies, but also the head of the network--and Tracy, who isn't even on the company payroll! At this point, Tracy explains that the computer was designed to help Hepburn and her staff and not replace them; he also confesses that, given the pink-slip incident, this might not have been such a hot idea. But Hepburn, who has fallen in love with Tracy, is in just the right mood to forgive him--and doesn't need to consult her research files to come up with this decision. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Spencer Tracy
    Spencer Tracy - Richard Sumner
  • Katharine Hepburn
    Katharine Hepburn - Bunny Watson
  • Gig Young
    Gig Young - Mike Cutler
  • Joan Blondell
    Joan Blondell - Peg Costello
  • Dina Merrill
    Dina Merrill - Sylvia Blair

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