Pillow Talk (film)
|Directed by||Michael Gordon|
|Produced by||Ross Hunter
|Written by||Russell Rouse
|Music by||Frank De Vol|
|Cinematography||Arthur E. Arling|
|Edited by||Milton Carruth|
|Box office||$7 million (est. US/Canada rentals)|
Pillow Talk is a 1959 Eastmancolor romantic comedy film in CinemaScope directed by Michael Gordon. It features Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Thelma Ritter and Nick Adams. The film was written by Russell Rouse, Maurice Richlin, Stanley Shapiro and Clarence Greene.
The film won the Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay), and was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Doris Day), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Thelma Ritter), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color (Richard H. Riedel, Russell A. Gausman, Ruby R. Levitt) and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture.
Jan Morrow (Doris Day) is a successful, content, self-reliant interior decorator who lives in New York City. She lives alone and claims to be quite happy, when questioned on that subject by her drunken housekeeper, Alma (Thelma Ritter). The only irritant in her life is the party line that she shares with Brad Allen (Rock Hudson), a talented, creative Broadway composer and playboy. She is unable to obtain a private phone line because the telephone company has been overwhelmed by the recent demand for new phone lines in the area.
Jan and Brad, who have never met, develop a feud over the use of the party line. Brad is constantly using the phone to chat with one young woman after another, singing to each of them an "original" love song supposedly written just for her, though he only changes the name or language he sings in. Jan and Brad bicker over the party line, with Brad suggesting that the single Jan is jealous of his popularity.
One of Jan's clients is millionaire Jonathan Forbes (Tony Randall), who repeatedly throws himself at her to no avail. Unknown to Jan, Jonathan is Brad's old college buddy and current Broadway benefactor.
One evening in a nightclub, Brad finally sees Jan dancing. Attracted to her, he fakes a Texan accent and invents a new persona: Rex Stetson, wealthy Texas rancher. He succeeds in wooing Jan, and the pair begin seeing each other regularly. Jan cannot resist bragging about her new beau on the phone to Brad Allen, while Brad teases Jan by having "Rex" show an interest in traditionally effeminate things, thereby implying "Rex's" homosexuality.
When Jonathan finds out about Brad's masquerade, he forces Brad to leave New York City and go to Jonathan's cabin in Connecticut to complete his new songs. Brad uses the opportunity to secretly ask Jan to go away with him, and she does. Once there, romance is in the air until Jan stumbles upon a copy of Rex's sheet music. She plunks the melody on the nearby piano and recognizes Brad's song. She confronts Brad angrily and ignores his attempts at explanation, leaving with Jonathan who has arrived just in time to expose Rex as Brad and who takes her back to New York City.
Once Brad returns to New York, Jonathan is pleased to learn that the mighty oak of a playboy has finally fallen in love, while conversely Jan will have nothing to do with Brad for deceiving her. Not ready to give up, Brad turns to Jan's maid, Alma, for advice. Alma, pleased to finally meet Brad after listening in on his phone calls on the party line for so long, suggests he hire Jan to decorate his apartment so they will be forced to collaborate. Jan only concedes so that her employer will not lose the commission. Little does she know her employer is also in on the scheme. Brad leaves all the design decisions up to Jan, telling her only to design a place that she'd want to live in herself. Still quite angry however, Jan completely redoes Brad's apartment in the most gaudy, ghastly, hideous decor she can muster. Horrified by what he finds, Brad angrily storms into Jan's apartment and carries her in her pajamas through the street back to his apartment, where he asks her how it feels to return to the scene of the crime. In his frustration he tells her of all the changes he's made to end his bachelor lifestyle because he thought he was getting married. Her face lights up from his admission but he's so angry he turns to leave. She quickly reaches for one of the tacky remote control switches he installed to accommodate his "purposes," which immediately locks the door. She flips the second switch and the player piano pounds out a honky-tonk version of Brad's standard love song. He turns around in defeat, their eyes meet, each smiles, and they lovingly embrace.
At the end of the film, Brad goes to tell Jonathan that he is going to be a father. During the end credits, four pillows appear on the screen — pink, blue, pink, and blue — signifying the children Brad and Jan have together.
- 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 Mr. Pierot
- Lee Patrick as Mrs. Walters
- Mary McCarty as Nurse Resnick
- Alex Gerry as Dr. Maxwell
- Hayden Rorke as Mr. Conrad
- Valerie Allen as Eileen
- Jacqueline Beer as Yvette
- Arlen Stuart as Tilda
- Perry Blackwell as Lounge Singer
- Muriel Landers as Moose Taggett
- William Schallert as Hotel Clerk
Doris Day sings three songs in the film: "Pillow Talk" during the opening credits, "Roly Poly" in the piano bar with Hudson, and "Possess Me" on the drive up to Jonathan's cabin. Singer Perry Blackwell performs three songs in the piano bar: "I Need No Atmosphere", "Roly Poly" (in part), and "You Lied"—a song directed at Hudson's character, Brad.
- List of American films of 1959
- Down with Love, an homage 2003 film that contains elements of Pillow Talk (with Tony Randall himself making a cameo.)
- "All Time Domestic Champs", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34
- "NY Times: Pillow Talk". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-23.
- "25 new titles added to National Film Registry". Yahoo News (Yahoo). 2009-12-30. Retrieved 2009-12-30.[dead link]
- Cohan, Steven (December 1997). "The Bachelor in the Bedroom". In Mellencamp, Patricia. Masked Men: Masculinity and the Movies in the Fifties. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. pp. 296–300. ISBN 978-0253332974.
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