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A womanizing Broadway composer woos an uptight interior decorator in the first and best of the Doris Day-Rock Hudson sex comedies.
The first and best of the coy-about-coitus Doris Day-Rock Hudson comedies, Pillow Talk wittily deploys the CinemaScope frame in its stylish account of a romance between an interior decorator and a Broadway composer who unhappily share a party phone line. (Their split-screen conversations have frequently been referenced by other films.) Playboy Hudson monopolizes the line talking to his girlfriends, which puts Day in a perpetual snit. When he decides to add the vexed decorator to his harem, he poses as a drawling Texan naïf footloose in New York City to woo her. As he sometimes did in Douglas Sirk films, the closeted Rock daringly makes reference to his secret sexuality: he mocks his Texan alter ego, accusing the yokel of being the type who dotes on his mother, collects recipes, and loves to gossip. ("What a vicious thing to say! You are sick!" Doris roars on hearing her new beau might be gay.) Glamorous in bright blonde chignon and chic designer clothes, Day received the Academy Award® nomination as Best Actress denied her for Love Me or Leave Me, and took home a passel of other prizes. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Pillow Talk has become a classic, designated by the National Film Registry amongst the culturally important movies worthy of preservation.