Cast and Crew: Walter Lang (Director); Phoebe and Henry Ephron (Screenwriters); William Marchant (Play); Joan Blondell
What It’s About: Bunny Watson (Katherine Hepburn) runs the research department of a major broadcasting network. Richard Sumner (Spencer Tracy) is an efficiency expert and computer designer who starts spending time in the research department monitoring them. The two begin to hit it off, but there are just two problems: Watson believes Sumner is there to replace her staff with a computer, and Watson is rising executive Mike Cutler’s (Gig Young) sort of girlfriend.
Why Watch it Today?: It’s National Library Week, so celebrate by watching this film which, although dated, is a favorite of many in the profession. Of course, the idea that computers and librarians are like oil and water is dangerous and unfortunately still in circulation, and librarians are best at looking up information, not simply knowing it off the top of their heads like Bunny, but this is not a documentary! If you want to make a week of it, why not try indy library movie classic Party Girl, check out Marian The Librarian in The Music Man, or laugh the bun out of your hair with the so-bad-its-good The Attic, an obscure Whatever Happened to Baby Jane variant with a harried spinster librarian caring for her infirm, domineering father (Ray Milland).