film: desk set


She has reached the topmost ladder, o'er her hangs the great dark bell;
Awful is the gloom beneath her, like the pathway down to hell.
See! the ponderous tongue is swinging; ‘tis the hour of curfew now,
And the sight has chilled her bosom, stopped her breath, and paled her brow.
Shall she let it ring? No, never! Her eyes flash with sudden light,
As she springs, and grasps it firmly: ‘Curfew shall not ring to-night!’

“…they hung up!”

Katharine Hepburn’s Bunny Watson provides a dramatic recitation of Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight, by Rose Hartwick Thorpe, in Desk Set (1957).

“"You don’t find stars like Hepburn anymore,” she said. “When they wanted publicity photos of her, she’d insist, ‘Let’s get the girls the supporting players in the shot.’” 

- Dina Merrill, who died Monday at the age of 93. RIP. (Photo of a deleted Desk Set scene)