Nora Ephron's parents wrote the lightning speed dialogue in this wonderful mid-life love story, with gorgeous mid-century clothes and a charmingly naive view of the "electronic brain" from an era when no one would ever have dreamed we'd someday carry them in our pockets. I had never heard of this movie until the early 80s, when a 21-year-old man took me to see it at a revival movie theater in Charlottesville, VA. I'm no fool; I married that man.
Desk Set -- the 1957 romantic comedy starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn -- is ground zero for great movie computers. Hepburn works in the reference department at a major TV network, and Tracy is the man who arrives to replace her reference library with a massive machine known as the EMERAC ("Emmy" for short). We're supposed to think that Emmy will leave Hepburn jobless -- and that she'll wind up in the arms of someone who isn't Spencer Tracy.