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Desk Set proposal via keyboard

by Critical Commons Manager

In the U.K., Walter Lang's Desk Set was released as "His Other Woman" referring to the EMERAC computer "Emmy" for short. At the conclusion of this one-note romantic comedy, the love triangle between Hepburn, Tracy and EMERAC is resolved with a marriage proposal via computer keyboard, probably a cinematic first. The film, which was sponsored by IBM, effectively acknowledges and then disarms cultural anxieties around computerization and social disruption.

Desk Set computer proposal

Spencer Tracy pops the question to Katherine Hepburn via the keyboard of his "other woman"

from Desk Set (1957)
Creator: Walter Lang
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Posted by Critical Commons Manager