Film / Pillow Talk

Brad Allen: Look, I don't know what's bothering you, but don't take your bedroom problems out on me.
Jan Morrow: I have no bedroom problems. There's nothing in my bedroom that bothers me.
Brad Allen: Ohhh. That's too bad.

Released in 1959, Pillow Talk was the first of three films starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson. It concerns Jan Morrow, a career woman, and Brad Allen, a playboy songwriter. Much to her chagrin, her phone line is connected to his through a party line; his multiple romances make it near impossible for her to make a decent work-related phone call. When he meets her for real, he disguises his voice and adopts the name Rex Stetson. The charade works since she's never seen him, but can it last?

Often considered the Trope Codifier for the Romantic Comedy all the way up to today, it solidified many of the staples of the genre throughout the years: a serious career gal who's too busy for love, a dashing playboy who falls in love with one of his attempted conquests, a masquerade made to deceive a love interest, Belligerent Sexual Tension, slapstick comedy, Double Entendre up the ying-yang, etc etc. For many scholars of the genre, this is the Romantic Comedy. The film Down with Love is an Affectionate Parody of this film and the tropes it popularized.

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