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Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Family, Romance  |  2 June 1960 (West Germany)
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Drama critic Larry McKay, his wife Kay, and their four sons move from their crowded Manhattan apartment to an old house in the country. While housewife Kay settles into suburban life, Larry... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Robinson Mackay
Laurence Mackay
Deborah Vaughn
Suzie Robinson
Alfred North
Joe Positano
John Harding ...
Reverend Norman McQuarry
Mona James
Mary Smith
Mary Patton ...
Mrs. Hunter
Charles Herbert ...
David Mackay
Gabriel Mackay
Flip Mark ...
George Mackay
Baby Gellert ...
Adam Mackay


Drama critic Larry McKay, his wife Kay, and their four sons move from their crowded Manhattan apartment to an old house in the country. While housewife Kay settles into suburban life, Larry continues to enjoy the theater and party scene of New York. Kay soon begins to question Larry's fidelity when he mentions a flirtatious encounter with Broadway star Deborah Vaughn. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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2 June 1960 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Eramos tan felices  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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2.35 : 1
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The lead characters are loosely based on Jean and Walter Kerr. See more »


When Kate is playing the song for the children in the schoolyard, her strumming of the ukulele does not match match the music. See more »


Deborah Vaughn: I'm thinking of going
[pauses while waiter leaves drinks]
Deborah Vaughn: on the make for you.
[Laurence stares]
Deborah Vaughn: Shock technique: Effective, isn't it?
Laurence Mackay: Staggering. But why?
Deborah Vaughn: The usual; I like the way you look.
Laurence Mackay: Since when?
Deborah Vaughn: Does it have to be retroactive?
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References Ivanhoe (1952) See more »


Que Sera Sera
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Performed by Doris Day
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Another Dream House
11 August 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Please Don't Eat The Daisies is an updating of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House from the woman's point of view. It's taken from a humorous book of the same title by Jean Kerr, wife of the New York Herald Tribune theater critic Walter Kerr. The Kerrs have four boys instead of two girls so we're talking about double the trouble.

Trouble the children are indeed. The film actually opens with the four boys getting their baby brother to drop water balloons on poor passersby of their Manhattan apartment. Which in itself is getting too crowded. But when the real estate agent starts showing the apartment off just as their lease is expiring, Doris Day and David Niven have to move and move quickly.

Like Cary Grant and Myrna Loy, they sink quite a bit of dollars into what we would now call a fix-it-up. But where Cary was hip deep in his involvement in the new house, David Niven is all caught up in his work as one of New York's drama critics. It's up to Doris to keep the household together and get the house livable.

Niven's got his own troubles too, he breaks a friendship with an old friend Richard Haydn when he gives producer Haydn's play a bad review. Not to mention a public slap at Sardi's from Haydn's star Janis Paige who will match her fanny with anyone's. Janis did have quite the derrière back in the day.

Haydn's really got a great scheme to get back at Niven for the bad review. It's a pip, you have to see Please Don't Eat The Daisies for.

Doris gets to sing three songs, including the title song which became a big hit for her. It's perfectly suited to her style.

She sings well and David Niven is as debonair and charming as he always is on the screen. The film even spawned a television series later on in the decade. Please Don't Eat The Daisies still holds up well as good family entertainment.

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