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Desk Set Details


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

  • Release date:July 4, 1957


Spencer Tracy
as Richard Sumner
Katharine Hepburn
as Bunny Watson
Gig Young
as Mike Cutler
Joan Blondell
as Peg Costello
Dina Merrill
as Sylvia Blair
Sue Randall
as Ruthie Saylor
Neva Patterson
as Miss Warringer
Harry Ellerbe
as Smithers
Diane Jergens
as Alice
Merry Anders
as Cathy
Ida Moore
as Old Lady
Rachel Stephens
as Receptionist
Jesslyn Fax
as Mrs. Hewitt
Charles Heard
Renny McEvoy
as Man
Shirley Mitchell
as Myra Smithers
King Mojave
Hal Taggart
Harry Evans
Sammy Ogg
as Kenny
Shirley Mitchell
as Myra Smithers
Jesslyn Fax
as Mrs. Hewitt
Renny McEvoy
as Man


Walter Lang
Henry Ephron
Henry Ephron
Phoebe Ephron
William Marchant
Play Author
Leon Shamroy
Cyril Mockridge
Composer (Music Score)
Lionel Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Maurice Ransford
Production Designer
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
Maurice Randsford
Art Director
Walter Scott
Set Designer
Charles LeMaire
Costume Designer