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."
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