For the Holidays I'll toss in two of my favs. Both with Kate Hepburn. One of my favorite ladies of the silver screen. What are your favorite movies?
One film most definitely Christ-missy and (unusually) computer geeky is Desk Set
. Hepburn as a company reference librarian (Anybody besides me remember those?) and Spencer Tracy, the computer whiz "methods engineer" who is overseeing the installation of several hulking room-sized IBM mainframes (then referred to as "electronic brains") in the NYC TV Network headquarters where Hepburn is working. Great back & forth dialogue, including a few rather risqué (for the times) moments.
One classic exchange here
(Both characters are sitting on floor between the book stacks, half in the bag, and killing a bottle of Christmas Party champagne.)
Hepburn: Tell me, skipper,
why have you never married?
Don't you like women?
Tracy: Oh, yeah. Sure, sure. I like women,
specifically as a sex and specifically.
Hepburn: But not "pacifically"
enough to get married.
Tracy: Oh, no, no. That's not it at all.
I just never found anyone willing to put
up with me. Except Caroline, of course.
- Would you like more champagne?
Hepburn: No. What about "Caroline, of course?"
Tracy: Caroline?... Caroline was a model.
Tracy: 5'9" in her stockinged feet.
Hepburn: You had occasion to measure her?
Tracy: Among other things.
Especially good is the dinner scene in Hepburn's apartment. IMO it's one of the best comedic moments to come out of that era of movie making.
Next up is the 1938 film Bringing Up Baby
featuring Hepburn and Cary Grant this time out.
The then 30-year old Hepburn plays a drop-dead gorgeous society heiress and full-time screwball. Grant plays a stuffy and overly serious palaeontologist chasing high-society money for his brontosaurus research project. The bulk of the picture takes place in a fictitious Connecticut "country home." Although a commercial miss when it was first released (as was The Wizard of Oz
), it has since gone on to be considered a classic piece of comedy. Silly, stupid, and surprisingly enjoyable.