Doris Day and Rock Hudson were names on every movie fan’s tongue during the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and even early 70’s. They made an adorable couple in those “couple” movies of that day and time. One of those famouse movies was the fun and comedic “Pillow Talk” which continues to be a favorite even today.
There was a type of magnetism between the two that even though there was never a known romance between the two, the magnetism was always there when thethey appeared together on stage. Adding Tony Randall to the set made the movie even more of a scream and scenes blossomed. The three made movies that kept audiences laughing. So it was with “Pillow Talk.”
Unheard of in the early 50’s were women who were single, living alone and having successful, flourishing, careers. Jan Morrow, played by Doris Day, plays a successful Interior Decorator who shares a telephone ‘Party’ line with Brad Allen, played by Rock Hudson. Allen is a despicable song writer who is also the disgusting playboy. If there is such a word Brad coins the term “sexpacade” as he has so many females in his black book, he not surprisingly, forgets their names. Each however is made to feel one song, Brad wrote and sings consistently is one written only for her.
While sharing the party line, something we all remember if growing up in the 40’s 50’s or 60’s, Jan is usually left waiting for Brad to finish romancing one of the many females he entertains. She consistently has to interrupt the many conversations begging Brad to release the line so she can conduct business. She goes to the point of contacting the phone company to complain stating Brad is using the phone for ‘sex’ purposes.
Tony Randall plays Johnathan Forbes, the very rich friend each has in common. While discussing his many unsuccessful marriages with Brad, he happens to mention his love for Jan Morrow, He shares the fact she has this annoying person she shares a party line with. He goes on to mention how attractive and sweet Jan is. This, of course, peaks Brad’s interest. He then is on a quest to meet Jan Morrow.
Finally, after running into her at a restaurant, he is determined to have Jan Morrow to himself. Brad begins scheming a way to become romantically involved with Jan without her knowing he is Brad Allen. He knows if she discovers his true identity, any relationship will be ended immediately.
All goes well. They date and become very involved. Love is in the works until Jonathan discovers Brad is Jan’s new love interest. When doing so, the walls tumble down. Johnathan demands Brad ends the relationship, but no sooner is this said than Jan discovers who her new love interest really is. She leaves Brad. Brad has to figure out how to win Jan back. He involves the housekeeper in his scheme and she readily comes up with a way to help Brad.
Jan is hired to redecorate Brad’s apartment. In doing so, she redecorates it so horribly, it’s something even the cat would not live in. When Brad discovers the horrible job Jan has done, he forcibly takes her from her apartment to his. Throwing her on his bed, he tells her he planned to live there with the woman he was going to marry. Realizing he mentions marriage, she traps him using his own gadgets.
The scene then changes to Brad announcing he is pregnant to a doctor and nurse who think he considers himself maybe a little more than a man as they grab him and force him into the doctor’s office.
As one of the many movies Doris Day made with Rock Hudson and several of the male stars of the time, “Pillow Talk” is one for the weekend family hour. It’s clean entertainment with nothing children nor adults will find offensive. Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall and Thelma Ritter are a select group making this movie one to be placed on your ‘must see’ list.
Doris Day *************** Jan Morrow
Rock Hudson *************** Brad Allen
Tony Randall *************** Johnathan Forbes
Thelma Ritter *************** Alma