Pillow Talk

This nifty 1959 romantic comedy more or less cemented Rock Hudson's screen image. Cast opposite Doris Day in Pillow Talk (in their first of three pairings), he plays a swinging songwriter forced to share a telephone line with our heroine. It's a fine gimmick for misunderstandings and forcing the opposite personalities together. This kind of sexless sex comedy, full of knowing innuendo, has been lampooned (See: Down With Love), but the displacement actually makes the dialogue better. (Day to Hudson: "This may come as a surprise to you, but there are some men who don't end every sentence with a proposition.") The humor is polite, not innocent, and the film actually won an Oscar for its script, always a rare feat for comedies. Tony Randall and Thelma Ritter provide priceless support; as with Hudson, this movie also pretty much defined their careers. The series continues through Nov. 14 with other titles including Frankenstein, Jaws, The Sting, and High Plains Drifter. (NR) BRIAN MILLER

Fri., Nov. 2, 7 & 9:15 p.m.; Nov. 3-14, 2012

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