The 4th Annual Sex! (now that I have your attention) Blogathon – Pillow Talk (1959)


This is the 1st of three posts for The 4th Annual Sex! (now that I have your attention) Blogathon being hosted by Steve of the Movie Movie Blog Blog.

Tnx for letting me participate!

“Takes only one sip of wine to tell if it’s a good bottle.” – Alma

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Jun 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A woman and man who share a phone line but have nothing in common until he decides to add her to his list of conquests without her knowing who he really is.

My Take on it – When Steve announced his blogathon, I decided to scour the net to find some of the best screwball comedies and this film popped up on many lists along the way.

I had heard of it, yet never had the opportunity to see what it was all about… until now.

This film works so well largely due to the amazing on-screen chemistry between its too leads Doris Day and Rock Hudson.

They actually went on to make two more of these screwball comedies together in the following few years.

The viewer wants to see these two people finally get together but due to so many mishaps along the way, they keep missing their opportunities.

This helps add to the level of frustration between them and even more by the viewer.

Amazing witty dialogue is quite suggestive yet leaves even more to the imagination.

Tony Randall and Thelma Ritter are both amazing in supporting roles here.

This is definitely one of the best films of it’s kind and I’m glad that I finally got a chance to see it.

Bottom Line – Day and Hudson have great chemistry here and that’s what makes this storyline work so well. The idea to keep the tension level high between the two of them works extremely well and it makes the viewer want to finally see them together yet they keep missing their chances along the way as things keep getting in the way.  First of three collaborations between the two actors who work so well together.  Ritter and Randall are both great in supporting roles. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – 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. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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  4. I love Pillow Talk, as well as the other Doris Day/Rock Hudson movies. They are so wonderful, with great casts and great dialogue. They have been favourites since childhood!

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