Pre-desktop romance in ‘Desk Set’

Jul 19, 2014
Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn spar over technology and more in 1952's “Desk Set.”

Thomaston — Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents its Friday Night Film Series with screenings weekly at the summer time of 7 p.m. in the community room of Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1.

The July movies have celebrated the cinematic collaborations of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. To cap the month July 25, the series will screen “Desk Set” (1952, USA) a nonrated film than runs 103 minutes. Two extremely strong personalities clash over the computerization — we’re talking room-filling mainframe — of a TV network's research department. Hepburn plays the head of the research department, and Tracy the inventor of a new electromagnetic memory and research calculator called EMMY (for short). This classic Hepburn-Tracy film filled with “high-tech” hilarity and grown-up romance also stars Gig Young and Joan Blondell.

Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments will be served. The Thomaston Academy building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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