Pillow Talk (1959)

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A man and a woman who share a party line cannot stand each other, but he has fun romancing her with his voice disguised.

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  • "Pillow Talk" Premiere Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall
  • Doris Day and Rock Hudson at an event for Pillow Talk (1959)
  • Doris Day, Rock Hudson "Pillow Talk" 1964 Universal
  • Doris Day in Pillow Talk (1959)
  • Doris Day "Pillow Talk" 1959 Universal
  • Doris Day and Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk (1959)

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22 May 2001 | moonspinner55
| The wildest behind in New York City!
A party-line turns an interior decorator and a songwriting ladies' man into enemies--that is, until he gets a look at her. When Doris Day is forced into a nightclub by a junior-suitor, she makes the best of it and does a shimmy on the dance-floor in a tight white dress--you can't blame Rock Hudson (at a nearby table) nor the cameraman for zooming in on her derrière, which wiggles seductively and comically. This businesswoman is really a closeted gal-about-town, and Day gives one of her freshest, funniest performances here. I also liked the tinkly background score and the handful of songs (the title cut, "Roly Poly" and "Possess Me"), but apparently Doris didn't. In her autobiography, she scathingly dismisses all the music from her '60s bedroom comedies as "mediocre", blaming her skinflint husband for bypassing top-rank composers like Henry Mancini for "a bunch of no-names". Why Doris!!

***1/2 from ****

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Did You Know?


Ross Hunter wrote that after he made this film, no theatre managers wanted to book it. Popular movie themes at the time were war films, westerns, or spectacles. Hunter was told by the big movie chains that sophisticated comedies like "Pillow Talk" went out with William Powell. They also believed Doris Day and Rock Hudson were things of the past and had been overtaken by newer stars. Hunter persuaded Sol Schwartz, who owned the Palace Theatre in New York, to book the film for a two-week run, and it was a smash hit. The public had been starved for romantic comedy, and theatre owners who had previously turned down Ross Hunter now had to deal with him on HIS terms.


Tony Walters: Come on, come on, drink up. You're still on your first one.
Jan: Tony, your mother is going to be terribly worried about you. Now, what do you say I *pour* you into a cab and send you home?
Tony Walters: You know something? You are being very uncooperative.
Jan: Oh...
Tony Walters: Ah, ...


When Jonathan confronts Brad in the nightclub after finding out about his masquerade, he mockingly asks, "When you headin' back to the range?" and then calls him "Tex" instead of "Rex".

Crazy Credits

As Doris Day sings 'Pillow Talk' over the closing credits, the film finishes with 'the end' on two horizontal pillows' followed by 'not quite' 'not quite' 'not quite' 'not quite' stacked vertically on four pillows.


Roly Poly
Elsa Doran and Sol Lake
Performed by Doris Day, Rock Hudson and Perry Blackwell (uncredited)


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Comedy | Romance

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