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Pillow Talk Reviews

PILLOW TALK was the first of the witty, well-produced sex comedies featuring Day and Hudson. Hudson, a playboy songwriter, and Day, a successful, independent interior designer, learn to loathe each other when they are forced to share a party line during a Manhattan phone-line shortage. Day gets increasingly angry every time she tries to make a call and hears Hudson coming on to yet another unsuspecting woman he's trying to bed. After listening to enough of his suave baloney, Day begins causing trouble. Naturally, Hudson thinks she's an uptight old hag, and eventually they agree to take turns using the phone every half-hour. Coincidentally, Hudson's buddy, Randall, is in love with Day and the phone-sharers finally meet when Randall brings her to see the progress of a Broadway show he's funding and for which Hudson is writing the tunes. Surprised by Day's good looks, Hudson pretends to be a dopey Texan and begins to work his charms on her. Day quickly realizes who Hudson is and puts an end to the romance. Now hooked, Hudson seeks advice from Day's maid, Ritter (who nearly steals the movie), and she suggests that Hudson let Day decorate his apartment. This ploy backfires, however, when the not-to-be-fooled Day gets her licks in by doing over Hudson's pad in a hideous manner. Frustrated because he can get her no other way, Hudson does some quick thinking and states that he hopes his apartment will be to her liking when they get married. Though PILLOW TALK is silly and at times overly "cute," it was the first time Day was allowed to show a more sexually frank side to her character, and Hudson was able to prove he was more than just a good-looking hunk. The combination clicked, leaving the two among the most popular stars of the next five years. It was also among the bigger box-office successes of its day, taking in $7.5 million in domestic distribution.