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Pillow Talk (1959)

Rock Hudson , Doris Day , Michael Gordon  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Thelma Ritter, Nick Adams
  • Directors: Michael Gordon
  • Writers: Stanley Shapiro, Maurice Richlin, Russel Rouse, Clarence Greene
  • Producers: Ross Hunter, Martin Melcher
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 13, 1999
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783233469
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,830 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pillow Talk" on IMDb

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    Amazon.com

    Jan Morrow (Doris Day) and Brad Allen (Rock Hudson) have never met, but they're sworn enemies because of one small appliance in their lives: the telephone. The two share a party line, and Jan is outraged over the amount of time Bill spends wooing women over the phone. A convenient triangle emerges when a client (Tony Randall) of Jan's--she's an interior decorator--falls in love with her and happens to be Brad's old college chum. When Brad makes the connection, he decides to try to court Jan himself, to make her more sympathetic to his phone woes. Of course, she'd never go for such a heel, so he passes himself off as Rex Stetson, a Texas rancher visiting New York. The ensuing tale, albeit predictable, is lots of fun, with some quick-witted dialogue and some clever use of split-screens for the phone calls. Thelma Ritter is hilarious as Jan's always-hung-over maid, Alma; and the pairing of Rock and Doris works beautifully, as always. --Jenny Brown

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    Starring in their first romantic comedy together, Hollywood's top talent, Doris Day and Rock Hudson, team up for hilarity in this "…brightly ingenious example of cinematic know-how" (The Hollywood Reporter) for which Miss Day earned a "Best Actress" Oscar nomination. Day is an uptight interior decorator forced to share a party line with an amorous playboy who ties up the line with his exploits while she is trying to conduct business. When the two accidentally meet, he's taken with her beauty and, pretending to be a wealthy Texan, begins to court her mercilessly. Though flattered by this "stranger's" attention, it's not long before she discovers his true identity. Now, it's her turn to have a little fun… at his expense! Tony Randall and Thelma Ritter costar in this "…sleekly sophisticated production" (Daily Variety) that features Miss Day in twenty-four ultra-chic ensembles from Jean Louis and over $500,000 in jewelry borrowed from Laykin et Cie. Pillow Talk also went on to receive an Academy Award for "Best Screenplay."

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    96 of 106 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Horribly Screwed-Up DVD Transfer Of A Great Film! April 6, 2004
    Format:DVD
    Rating for this movie -- 5 Stars.
    Rating for the 2004 DVD version of the film -- 1 Star.

    "Pillow Talk" stars Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall, and Thelma Ritter. It remains today what it was when released in October of 1959, and that is -- a highly-entertaining and well-acted romantic comedy.

    The film was re-released on DVD-Video by Universal Studios on April 6th, 2004. This newer version has been enhanced for 16x9 widescreen TVs, and the anamorphic enhancement has helped in many places. However, the picture quality here does seem to be a bit of a "hit and miss" proposition. Several portions of the movie still look rather crummy (artifact-wise), exhibiting obvious dirt speckles and "noise". The opening titles sequence is peppered with dirt and artifacts galore, as are a few other parts of the film, particularly ALL of the "split screen" scenes. For some reason, it seems that these "split screen" shots could not be cleaned-up nearly as much as the other portions of the movie.

    But by far the biggest atrocity is the fact that this 2004 DVD print has been mis-framed! In some places pretty badly, too. Head room is way too tight here, with the tops of many character's heads being cut off. This was NOT the case with the previous 1999 DVD print of this movie.

    When you compare the '99 print with this 2004 one, the mis-framing is obvious in many places. It appears that this new print has been "zoomed in" quite a bit, creating the tight head room. Some of the most blatant examples of this "zooming in" occur in Chapter 10, where the piano player's head is severely cropped. Whereas, on the '99 DVD, her entire head is visible in the frame.
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    40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars For The Movie- 1 Star For the DVD Version June 14, 2002
    Format:DVD
    Doris Day and Rock Hudson are perhaps the best duo in movie history. Pillow Talk is one of the most clever comedies ever made. This film is about a painful reality in the 50's- party lines. When Jan Morrow wants to use her phone, she must first listen to her other "party" Brad Allen romance the women. She finally works out a deal with him to each have a thirty minute slot where they can make calls, but selfish Brad doesn't adhere to the rules at all! Brad accidentally meets the other end of his party line at a restaurant, and makes a quick decision to become someone else. He ultimately romances Jan, while she has no idea that he is her arch enemy. For it's time, Pillow Talk was one of the more risque films, but yet one of the funniest and most romantic ever made.

    On that note, I have to say I was so disappointed with this DVD. There are no extras to speak of other than the trailer and some production notes. As successful as the stars of this movie were, you think Universal could have put a little more punch into this DVD. The quality of the DVD is also quite poor. There was no digital remastering, only a direct copy from vhs to dvd. If you are a person who only has dvd's, I would still get this because this is such a classic, you have to have it around. If you still have your vhs machine, get it on vhs, it's cheaper and not any less quality than the dvd.
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    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Comic Inspiration...To Me! June 14, 2002
    By Hillary
    Format:VHS Tape
    Of all the classic comedies that starred Doris Day and Rock Hudson, or the two stars with other co-stars, this remains my favorite.The legendary late Rock Hudson was at his peak in this romantic comedy, and who better to showcase his charms against, than quintessential girl-next-door, Doris Day. Hudson thrives on his ability to charm indeed, as a songwriter named Brad Allen. Brad is a love-em and leave-em kind of guy, who entertains a seemingly endless array of lovesick females at his well equipped bachelor pad. He also sings to them over the phone for hours on end, tying up the telephone party-line he shares with Jan Morrow, interior designer, enter a perturbed Doris Day. Every time Jan picks up the phone, she hears Brad sing "You're My Inspiration...", and always with a new girls' name attached to the end. Flabbergasted at his womanizing, she sends a phone company rep to have a word with Mr. Allen, only to find that she TOO has fallen for the tall dark and handsome playboy.

    Jan tells her boyfriend of sorts played by the wonderful veteran comedy legend Tony Randall, about her dialing dilemma. Randall, as always, plays himself. He's neat, dapper and proper, as not only Jan's boyfriend, but Brad Allen's friend and boss as well. After extoling the virtues of Jan to Brad, and mentioning that she shares a party-line with "some nut", describing the singing phone routine, Brad is too curious to find out what Randall is so wild about. After Brad Allen finally glimpses Jan Morrow dancing at a club, and sees the other end of his party line is not the shrew he expected, he sets out for his sweetest conquest of all.

    "Pillow Talk" is a timeless gem of classic comedy. Amazingly, it was considered quite risque in it's time.
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    20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Pillow Talk March 21, 2008
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    This is probably the most well known pairing of Doris Day and Rock Hudson. A laugh out loud comedy in which Tony Randall and Thelma Ritter also showcase their vast comedic talent. Jan Morrow shares a party line with Brad Allen, which she has tried to put a stop to, but the phone company won't cooperate. She uses it for her work as an interior decorator, while he uses it to seduce a multitude of women thru his song writing. When they meet by accident, he assumes another identity to get close to Jan hoping to deceive her until he has the opportunity to get what he wants. When she becomes wise to his deception, all bets are off!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly funny, sly
    The real start of a guy being player! Incredibly funny, sly, and entertaining! A must watch.
    Published 14 hours ago by Nairi
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another clasic Doris
    Arrived quickly, no damage.
    Very good movie.
    Published 2 days ago by Captain Kirk
    5.0 out of 5 stars My 14 yr old loved this movie!
    My daughter rented this because we booked a night at The Cypress Inn in Carmel. I told her Doris Day was an owner and that she should rent Pillow Talk so she could see her work. Read more
    Published 8 days ago by Cheryl
    5.0 out of 5 stars great movie, great actors
    great movie, great actors .lots of fun to watch .to bad they don't make good movies like that any more.this is a must get
    Published 18 days ago by mary ann myers
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent buy!
    Great movie, looks good on dvd. Timeless story that is still relevant today.
    Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best!
    One of my favorites, all the way back to the early 70s. It's hard to go wrong with Doris Day and Rock Hudson.
    Published 20 days ago by Katherine L.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Edition!
    Love the booklet type editions and also that it comes with the itunes digital copy which by the way you can still redeem!
    Published 20 days ago by Stefanie Rizzi
    5.0 out of 5 stars Also loved Gladys Knight as the bar singer
    As a teen, I thought it was hilarious....still think it is a marvelous movie. Also loved Gladys Knight as the bar singer. One of Rock Hudson's first comedies. Read more
    Published 22 days ago by Peggy S. Oba
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Before Hanks and Ryan, there was Hudson and Day! See this one!
    Published 25 days ago by Diane Poole
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Love this movie!
    Published 29 days ago by Iliana
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