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Pillow Talk Details


The fabulously successful Pillow Talk was essentially for the 1950s. Playboy composer Rock Hudson and interior-decorator Doris Day are obliged to share a telephone party line. Naturally, their calls overlap at the least opportune times, and just as naturally, this leads to Hudson and Day despising each other without ever having met in person. In a cute but convenient coincidence, Doris' boy friend is Tony Randall, who also happens to be Hudson's best pal. Thus Hudson gets a glimpse at Day, and it's love at first sight. To avoid revealing that he's her telephone rival, Hudson poses as a wealthy Texan and turns the charm on Day. But when he starts pitching woo, Day instantly recognizes all the "make-out" lines Hudson has used on the phone with his other conquests. She gets even by decorating Hudson's apartment in a hideous manner. But Hudson loves her all the same; he "kidnaps" her, carrying her through the streets in her nightgown in full view of everyone, including a laughing cop who refuses to intervene. He praises her horrifying interior decoration job effusively, and at this point Day can't help but give in to his marriage proposal. A bit too arch and cute for modern tastes at times, Pillow Talk is still one of the best of the frothy Doris Day-Rock Hudson vehicles; it made a fortune at the box office and garnered five Oscar nominations. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 6, 1959


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Maurice Richlin Best Original Screenplay 1959 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Tony Randall Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1959 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Doris Day Best Actress 1959 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Thelma Ritter Best Supporting Actress 1959 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stanley Shapiro Best Original Screenplay 1959 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frank De Vol Best Drama or Comedy Score 1959 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Doris Day Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1959 Nominee


Rock Hudson
as Brad Allen
Doris Day
as Jan Morrow
Tony Randall
as Jonathan Forbes
Thelma Ritter
as Alma
Nick Adams
as Tony Walters
Julia Meade
as Marie
Allen Jenkins
as Harry
Marcel Dalio
as Pierot
Lee Patrick
as Mrs. Walters
Alex Gerry
as Dr. Maxwell
Hayden Rorke
as Mr. Conrad
Jacqueline Beer
as Yvette
Arlen Stuart
as Tilda
Don Beddoe
as Mr. Walters
Perry Blackwell
as Perry
Muriel Landers
as "Moose" Fat Girl
William Schallert
as Hotel Clerk
Karen Norris
as Miss Dickerson
Boyd "Red" Morgan
as Trucker
Frances Sternhagen
Dorothy Abbott
as Singer
Lillian Culver
as Woman in elevator
Joseph Mell
as Dry Goods Man
Harry Tyler
as Hansom Cabby
Joseph Mell
as Dry Goods Man
Lillian Culver
as Woman in elevator
Dorothy Abbott
as Singer
Boyd "Red" Morgan
as Trucker


Michael Gordon
Ross Hunter
Martin Melcher
Russell Rouse
Stanley Shapiro
Clarence Greene
Maurice Richlin
Arthur E. Arling
Joseph E. Gershenson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Frank De Vol
Composer (Music Score)
Alexander Golitzen
Art Director
Jean Louis
Costume Designer
Clifford Stine
Special Effects
Phil Bowles
First Assistant Director
Bud Westmore