Pillow Talk is romantic-comedy film aging back to 1959. Its theme revolves around how two people, Brad Allen, a composer and Jan Morrow, an interior designer, come to hate each other because of overlapping calls on a common telephone party line but eventually end up falling in love. While watching this movie, I noticed how code switching has been used as Brad’s weapon to make Jan fall in love with him.
Before the code switching occurs, Brad is shown as a single man who seduces women with his charm and songs. Brad and Jan have a mutual friend named Jonathan Forbes and through him, he gets to see Jan for the very first time. When Jan goes on a forced date with a Harvard man, Brad happens to be at the same place. The Harvard man gets too drunk and collapses, which in turn is seen as an opportunity by Brad to take Jan home. This is where the first scene with code switching occurs as Brad takes up the form of a wealthy Texan gentleman, Rex Stetson and speaks to Jan in the most courteous way possible always addressing her as “ma’am”. By the end of the night he succeeds in enthralling Jan with his gentlemanly charm.
Brad continues to act as a Texan gentleman and takes Jan out on multiple dates and with each date, he manages to get Jan to love him more. While doing this he even manages to be Brad Allen when Jan brags about her newfound love to him over the phone. After finding out what Brad is doing, Jonathan forces Brad to use his cabin in Connecticut to complete his songs. Brad convinces Jan to come with him and she does but when Jan comes across one of his music sheets, she realizes that Rex Stetson is in fact Brad Allen. Although she stays mad at him and becomes even by hideously re-decorating his apartment, She still gives into his marriage proposal and they end up getting married.
In conclusion, I would say I agree with the Bell company’s slogan “your voice is you” because Brad Allen’s constant code switching between himself and Rex Stetson not only succeeds in getting Jan to fall in love with him, But also tells us how our voices can be used to portray ourselves as whoever we want to be seen as