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Pillow Talk (1959) ft. Christine Duncan

Updated: Oct 16, 2022

Guest: Christine Duncan

Plot Summary: Playboy songwriter Brad Allen's (Rock Hudson) succession of romances annoys his neighbor, interior designer Jan Morrow (Doris Day), who shares a telephone party line with him and hears all his breezy routines. After Jan unsuccessfully lodges a complaint against him, Brad sets about to seduce her in the guise of a sincere and upstanding Texas rancher. When mutual friend Jonathan (Tony Randall) discovers that his best friend is moving in on the girl he desires, however, sparks fly.

*Recognition: Nominated for Best Actress (Doris Day), Supporting Actress (Thelma Ritter), Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color, and Score; Won for Best Original Screenplay; 2009 National Film Registry Entrant

What is this movie is about?: A charismatic man-child grows up, and realizes what he actually wants out of his life. What happens when you meet that one person who changes everything.

Best Performance: Rock Hudson (Brad/Rex)

Best Secondary Performance: Tony Randall (Jonathan)

Most Charismatic Award: Tony Randall

Best Scene: Bathtub Scene/Brad and Rex's late night call/Brad tries to pawn off Moose

Favorite Scene: Brad and Rex's late night call/Piano Bar

Most Indelible Moment: Brad carries Jan/Brad Allen's Light Switches

Best Line:

Jan: ...I always leave tomorrow night open.

Multiple Times: You are my inspiration (insert name)....

Brad Allen: Look, I don't know what's bothering you, but don't take your bedroom problems out on me.

Jan: I have no bedroom problems. There's nothing in my bedroom that bothers me.

Brad Allen: Oh-h-h-h. That's too bad.

Honorable Mention:

Jan: Can you believe that? They sent a woman. That's like sending a marshmallow to put out a bonfire.

Funniest Line:

Jonathan Forbes: Brad, she is the sweetest, she is the loveliest, she is the most talented woman I have ever met.

Brad Allen: That's what you said when you married that stripper.

Jonathan Forbes: She wasn't a stripper. She was an exotic dancer... with trained doves.

Brad: I've had hangovers before, but this time, even my hair hurts.

The Stanley Rubric:

Legacy: 5.67

Impact/Significance: 8.17

Novelty: 8.67

Classic-ness: 5.67

Rewatchability: 8.83

Audience Score: 8.7

Total: 45.71

Remaining Questions:

  • What was Brad's ultimate plan?

  • Why is it named Pillow Talk?

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