Pillow Talk

Published 1959
Rating 8/10
Status Finished on 2020-09-27

A very good low-stakes rom-com. There were just a lot of things I liked:

  • The return of Tony Randall, who was delightful (and perfectly weaselly) in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? and even more so here.
  • A very charming opening credits
  • Incredible early-sixties set design and costume design
  • A very fun and of-its-time framing device (I was completely unaware of the concept of a “party line”!)
  • A generally winsome and tweak-y script and direction which made up for the lack of chemistry between the two leads.

And the only thing I think I disliked is the complete lack of climax/denouement — the last ten minutes seemed to melt away without conflict or actual resolution besides “well, they’re together now!”


You started out with nothing and you’ve made it far. I started out with eight million dollars, and I’ve still got eight million dollars — I just can’t seem to get ahead.