Pillow Talk (1959) Film Review

Pillow Talk
DIRECTOR: Michael Gordon
BOTTOM LINE: This was the first of three romantic comedies in which Doris Day, Rock Hudson, and Tony Randall starred together, the other two being “Lover Come Back” (1961) and “Send Me No Flowers” (1964). An enormous success, it was the biggest BO hit of 1959. Hudson plays Brad Allen, a (straight) Broadway composer and playboy who shares a party line with Miss Day’s Jan Morrow, a successful interior decorator (and a virgin) in late1950s New York City. He’s always on the phone, talking to his latest conquests, while she cannot make a single call. Of course, when they meet, it’s love, although not exactly at first sight. Hudson’s character has a gay alter ego named “Rex” and supporting actors Tony Randall and Nick Allen are constantly brushing off the gay ceiling. This was Miss Day’s only Oscar-nominated performance.
POST TITLE: Fifty-Four Queer Films Made Under the Hays Code (1934-1967)
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SUBCATEGORY: Queer Film
STREAMING: Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV

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