This popular 1959 romantic comedy starring Rock Hudson and Doris Day was nominated for 6 Academy Awards, and won for Best Original Screenplay.
This is the story of Jan and Brad, she, a successful, single interior decorator living in New York City, and he, a Broadway composer and playboy. They, by happenstance, share the same party line (that’s more than one phone connected to a shared landline, for those of you born after 1970) which causes arguments between the two, who have never met. She claims he is using the phone too much, and using it to seduce woman after woman, crooning & swooning them with love songs, which he tells each was written especially for her, when all he changes in each “love song” is the girl’s name.
One night, Brad sees Jan dancing in a nightclub, and finding her attractive, fakes a Texan accent and creates a new, false identity. As Rex Stetson, a wealthy Texas rancher, he succeeds in impressing Jan, all the while hiding his true identity from her. When he succeeds in getting Jan to go away with him to his friends Connecticut cabin, passion & romance are in the air. Until she discovers his sheet music, begins playing it on the nearby piano – and realizes it’s the same music Brad the party-line womanizer has been using to romance unsuspecting women all over town.
Also starring Tony Randall, Thelma Ritter and Nick Adams, it was named to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2009 for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and is being preserved for all time.
And now, without further adieu – gather up your slippers and cocktails, and settle in for a night of truly classic American humor 😀