Movie Mondays: Desk Set
I always enjoy a movie that peeks into the social workings of midcentury American office life. This particular movie, starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, is a real gem in the slice-of-history respect. And you’ve really gotta love a Hepburn/Tracy combo. Their chemistry is unforgettable.
The women working in the reference department, who have spent years and years filing random information into their pretty little heads, are worried about their job security when Spencer Tracy’s character, a mechanical-brain engineer (aka: computer technician!) is brought in to measure their department’s facilities.
And that’s not all Katherine Hepburn’s character is worried about. She’s been in a six year relationship with a company executive. And is just waiting for him to pop the question.
When things start to fall into place in her personal life, everything at work is falling apart. And nobody but the girls seem to care. The company Christmas party comes just in time to relieve them of their worries, until everything culminates and things get out of Miss Hepburn’s control.
Desk Set is a charming movie jam packed with flirtatious banter that is sure to entertain. The storyline is a fun look at office life and new technology of the 1950s, as well as an expose on the life of a strong-willed working woman from the turn of the century. I think you’ll like this romantic comedy!