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Pillow Talk (1959)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 7 October 1959 (USA)
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An interior decorator and a playboy songwriter share a telephone party line and size each other up.

Director:

Michael Gordon

Writers:

Stanley Shapiro (screenplay), Maurice Richlin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Brad Allen
Doris Day ... Jan Morrow
Tony Randall ... Jonathan Forbes
Thelma Ritter ... Alma
Nick Adams ... Tony Walters
Julia Meade ... Marie
Allen Jenkins ... Harry
Marcel Dalio ... Pierot
Lee Patrick ... Mrs. Walters
Mary McCarty ... Nurse Resnick
Alex Gerry ... Dr. A.C. Maxwell
Hayden Rorke ... Mr. Conrad
Valerie Allen ... Eileen
Jacqueline Beer ... Yvette
Arlen Stuart Arlen Stuart ... Tilda
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Storyline

In New York, the interior decorator Jan Morrow and the wolf composer Brad Allen share a party line, but Brad keeps it busy most of the time flirting with his girlfriends. They do not know each other but Jan hates Brads since she needs the telephone for her business and can not use it. Coincidently Jan's wealthy client Jonathan Forbes that woos her is the best friend of Brad and he comments with him that he feels an unrequited love for Jan, who is a gorgeous woman. When Brad meets Jan by chance in a restaurant, he poses as a naive tourist from Texas named Rex Stetson and seduces her. But Jonathan hires a private eye to find who Rex Stetson is. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Footloose bachelor...beautiful career girl...and the world's most fascinating pastime! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This movie would be the first of three to showcase the trio of Doris Day, Rock Hudson, and Tony Randall. It was followed by Lover Come Back (1961) and Send Me No Flowers (1964), with all three actors portraying different roles in each. See more »

Goofs

When "Rex" is split-screened with Jan when she is in bed and they are talking on the phone, there is a fly buzzing around at the foot of her bed. A high-rise apartment in the city is unlikely to have even an occasional fly. See more »

Quotes

Brad Allen: Why don't you take her over for the rest of the evening?
Jonathan Forbes: Me?
Brad Allen: Yeah! Take her dancing maybe. She's dying to learn how to dance.
Jonathan Forbes: Wait wait. She doesn't know how to dance?
Brad Allen: Well naturally, she doesn't get out of the house very often.
Jonathan Forbes: What do you mean, "naturally"?
Brad Allen: Jonathan, believe me, you and Moose - I mean Miss Taggett will get along...
Jonathan Forbes: "Moose"?
Brad Allen: So what the girl picks up a nickname? You know, how cruel kids can be. Especially, when some is a little different.
Jonathan Forbes: Different? How Different?
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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. See more »

Connections

Featured in IMDb Originals: Doris Day: In Memoriam (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Possess Me
by Joe Lubin and I.J. Roth
Performed by Doris Day (uncredited)
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Comedy to aid the sick!
13 March 2003 | by wrensterSee all my reviews

So there I was, in my sick-bed when this film comes on. I start to watch, having never seen it before, and to my surprise, find myself laughing...out loud.

I have never really been a fan of either Doris Day or Rock Hudson, but I did enjoy this piece of fluff. And in our modern times when comedies currently released in the cinema can hardly raise a smile, let alone a laugh, I found this a pure delight. So the sexual politics maybe a little outdated, but there were some beautifully timed comedy set-pieces: The moment Doris Day discovers the real identity of Hudson's character has one of the best use of music I have seen in a movie since the Warner Bros cartoons!

A film that I didn't think I would enjoy, but was completely bowled over by.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

7 October 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pillow Talk See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$18,750,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Arwin Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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