Pillow Talk is a sleekly sophisticated production that deals chiefly with s-e-x. The principals seem to spend considerable time in bed or talking about what goes on bed, but the beds they occupy are always occupied singly. There’s more talk than action natch.
The plot (slight) of the amusing screenplay, from a story by Clarence Greene and Russell Rouse, is based on the notion that a telephone shortage puts Doris Day and Rock Hudson on a party line. Hudson is here a sophisticated man about town. Day displays a brace of smart Jean Louis gowns, and delivers crisply.
There is a good deal of cinema trickery in Pillow Talk. There are split screens; spoken thoughts by the main characters; and even introduction of background music orchestration for a laugh. It all registers strongly.
1959: Best Story & Screenplay.
Nominations: Best Actress (Doris Day), Supp. Actress (Thelma Ritter), Color Art Direction, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture