Saturday, December 18, 2004


Last night I watched Desk Set, a likeable Hepburn-Tracy movie from 1957. It has a certain historic interest now because of the plot line: four women in the research department of a TV network fear they will lose their jobs to the new electronic brain -- a computer. They don't because it IS a movie. Other tidbits: the truly wonderful Joan Blondell and the screenplay, written by Nora Ephron's mother Phoebe Ephron, which features this tipsy exchange:

Bunny: How about more champagne?
Peg: I shouldn't. There are 85 calories in a glass of champagne.
Bunny: Really? There's a place in my neighborhood where I can get it for 60.

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