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Tracy & Hepburn the Definitive Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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.Read more ›
Bunny and her staff and the research department are all preparing for Christmas season. But who should appear on a seen but the mysterious Richard Sumner, with a tape measure, 24 questions, and mysterious past in electronic brains. The conversation between Richard Sumner and Bunny are worth with film its self; yet it only gets better from there.
Like many plays the real worth and interest is in the dialog and interaction of the characters more than the action or the overall story. You will get wrapped up in the fun and wince once in a while.
They were both great stars in their own right and certainly were not professionally dependent upon each other. Tracy, I would say, was the greater screen actor of the two. His performances had an unforced honesty. As director, George Stevens once put it "With Spence, everything happens behind his eyes."
Never once does he make a wrong move or an unnecessary gesture. He simply comes across as a believable human being. Hepburn, on the other hand, is more demonstrative and forceful - as she was in real life. She is possibly the most revered screen actress in the history of the screen. But, as great as her performances are, I always get the feeling that she is "On," that she is "Acting." With Tracy, it's just the opposite. You would never find him "Acting."
But neither of them ever had a more effective co-star. This relationship,of course, was more than professional and carried on into their private lives.
Off-screen, Tracy was a very unpredictable and complex individual with a very unsettled private life and a marriage that was anything but smooth. Hepburn remained his "rock" for over 25 years knowing that he would never seek a divorce from his wife. Although Tracy and Hepburn never lived together in perfect union, they were virtually inseparable.
For three reasons, I can do no less than give this collection five stars.Read more ›
When efficiency expert Richard Sumner (Spencer Tracy) is assigned to the research department of the Federal Broadcasting Company to evaluate work patterns, his eccentric behavior catches the imagination of researchers Bunny Watson (Katharine Hepburn), Peg Costello (Joan Blondell), Sylvia Blair (Dina Merrill) and Ruthie Saylor (Sue Randall). They begin to worry when Sumner informs Bunny that his mission is to improve the efficiency, but actually Mr. Azae (Nicholas Joy), the head of the network, approves a project to computerize the department and asks Richard to keep the project a secret.
Bunny admires a gown she purchases and all excited in the hope that Mike Cutler (Gig Young), her boss and suitor of seven years will invite her to a country club dance. However, circumstances prevent that from happening, and in the mean time Bunny start dating Richard. The date turns into business meetings for them as Bunny finds out that Richard is the inventor and patent holder of EMMARAC, an electronic brain.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such a funny film. Easy to watch and one to view time and time again.
DVD arrived really quickly - same day!
The great duo may not live up to their most scintillating here, but this is a fascinating look at the way computers made their way into Madison Ave.Published 5 months ago by Lisa
I found this film very dull. I love the Tracy-Hepburn partnership,but this story was very slo and predictable.Published 7 months ago by Anna Colgan
Enjoyed this since the first time I saw it a few years ago :-) Now I can watch it as often as I want toPublished on 11 Jun. 2014 by Rose N
Sorry, Dueto my own stupidity I cannot play it as the DVD is only for playing in USA or Canada. Be car eful which type DVD you order.Published on 3 Nov. 2013 by Sheina
To viewers, some 40 years after this sparkling comedy, of wit and office manners was made, it might look a little staid and trite. Read morePublished on 23 Mar. 2012 by Tim Kidner