|PILLOW TALK (1959)|
|"Mr. Allen, this may come as a surprise to you, but there are some men who don't end every sentence with a proposition."|
|Time: 103 mins.|
Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Won Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Nominations for Best Actress (Day), Supporting Actress (Ritter), Art Direction and Score.
This may be filmmaking at its' frothiest, but I have to admit I enjoyed every minute it. Day and Hudson are perfectly paired in this romantic comedy that will make you swoon with jealousy and laugh out loud with delight. A story that begins with mutual loathing only to end with burning passion. Day plays a successful and single interior designer forced to share a telephone party line with Hudson, a song writing lothario. She's disgusted by his phone-hogging, sex-crazed ways, he thinks she's an prudish busybody. While not exactly tearing up the bedroom, Day does have one admirer who's desperate to marry her. In his first major film role, Randall plays a wealthy client of Day's, who can't understand why his monetary charms haven't convinced her to accept his proposal. They worked on his three ex-wives.
As much as she likes Randall, Day is waiting for the man who produces fireworks in her toes. And she does. Unfortunately, it's Hudson. He discovers her identity from Randall, who just happens to be the solicitor of his latest songs (only in movies is the world this small), and woos her as a gentlemanly Texan in town on business. Hudson is so gorgeous, and as Rex Stetson, so sweet and charming, Day doesn't stand a chance. Of course, after spending time with Day, Hudson discovers why Randall is so desperately in love with her. Day is sexy, open, classy, smart and fun. Despite his initial intentions of toying with her affections and breaking her spirit, Hudson finds himself totally under her spell. The only problem is how to tell her who he really is without losing her forever? Randall has a hand in the unveiling. If he can't have her, then neither will Rock. The final act has Hudson, with the help of Randall and Ritter (who plays Day's constantly hung over maid), fighting for Day, with her punishing him every step of the way.
The plot device of mistaken identity is one of the most overused in this genre, yet the dialogue, acting and chemistry between Day and Hudson, make PILLOW TALK one of the best. I expected it to be somewhat dated, but there's enough sexual interplay to satisfy even the most modern of sensibilities. The sweet, funny and honest performances of Day and Hudson are enough to recommend this film, however, it wouldn't be half as humorous without the wit and talent of Randall and Ritter. They provide some of the best moments and one-liners this film has to offer. The scene where Ritter drinks Hudson under the table is pure comic gold. Day, Hudson and Randall make such a great team it's no wonder the studio made two more films with the trio. Fun with a capital F.