Pillow Talk (1959)

Pillow Talk poster

 

Genre: Comedy

Description:
Jan Morrow (Doris Day) and Brad Allen (Rock Hudson) share a telephone party line together but have never met. Brad is on the phone a lot, talking to various women, which infuriates Jan. But when Brad coincidentally meets her he is immediately smitten by her and pretends to be a wealthy Texan visiting New York. They fall in love, but Brad’s plan begins to unravel….

The original trailer:

Facts:

–          Pillow Talk was the first of three films that all featured Rock Hudson, Doris Day and Tony Randall. The other two are Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers.

–          Rock Hudson turned Pillow Talk down three times, because he thought the script was too ‘risqué’.

–          The film was initially called The Way The Wind Blows, but the title was changed because producer Ross Hunton believed Doris Day’s new song Pillow Talk would be a hit.

–          Rock Hudson insisted that Nick Adams would get a part in Pillow Talk, he eventually played the part of Tony Walters.

–          The costumes for Pillow Talk were designed by Jean Louis, who also designed the outfits for Rita Hayworth in Gilda. He is also famous for designing the dress Marilyn Monroe wore when she sang Happy Birthday to John F. Kennedy.

–          The film was initially a hard sell, because many believed that romantic comedies were not ‘in style’ anymore. Additionally, Rock Hudson and Doris Day were seen as ‘a thing of the past’. But when the film was released, it became a smash hit.

–          Doris Day and Rock Hudson went on to become good friends. Rock’s last public appearance was for Doris’ 1985 series Doris Day’s Best Friends. He passed away two months later.

–          The director of Pillow Talk, Michael Gordon, tried to make a sequel in 1980. But he was unable to lure Doris Day out of retirement to make the film.

–          The 2003 film Down With Love was made as an homage to Pillow Talk.

Pillow Talk

 

Awards:

Wins:

Best Writing – Russsel Rouse, Clarence Green a.o – 1960 Academy Awards of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences

Nominations:

Best Actress – Doris Day – 1960 Academy Awards of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
Best Supporting Actress – Thelma Ritter – 1960 Academy Awards of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
Best Art Direction – Richard H. Riedel a.o – 1960 Academy Awards of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
Best Music – Frank De Vol – 1960 Academy Awards of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
Best Comedy – Pillow Talk – 1960 Golden Globes
Best Actress in a Comedy – Doris Day – 1960 Golden Globes
Best Supporting Actor – Tony Randall – 1960 Golden Globes
Best Written American Comedy – Stanley Shapiro and Maurice Richlin – 1960 Writers Guild of America

Doris Day in Pillow Talk

 

Influence:

Pillow Talk was a huge success when it was released and brought back the up-beat romantic comedy. It also revived the careers of Rock Hudson and Doris Day, who proved to be a successful pairing. The two stars showed their comedic talents effortlessly and you can tell that they enjoyed working together. Pillow Talk remains one of the most popular features of both of their careers. Its up-beat, lighthearted tone proved to be timeless as the film still has many fans all over the world.

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