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Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960)

A university professor leaves his job to become a theater critic, creating problems with his family and friends.



(screenplay), (book)

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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
Stanley Livingston ...
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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Release Date:

2 June 1960 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Eramos tan felices  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Beginning her feature-film career portraying Katharine Hepburn's mother in Little Women (1933), Spring Byington closed her movie years playing Doris Day's mother in this film. 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 »


Laurence Mackay: There are interesting failures. There are prestige failures, and there are financial failures, but this is the sort of failure that gives failures a bad name.
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Please Don't Eat the Daisies
Lyrics and Music by Joe Lubin
Performed by Doris Day (uncredited)
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Plesantly amusing
26 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

i really like this film. unlike some other reviewers i think the chemistry between niven and day is strong - they presented like a genuine married couple. the script is versatile, witty on the one hand, but also able to shift to the more dramatic. the argument between day and niven as he reveals his desire for professional success is very well done. niven himself was laugh out loud funny on many occasions, and the portrayal of parenthoood was quite charming. the song at the school doesn't do anything for me, so i tend to fast forward past that scene. however that is a matter of personal preference: i enjoy doris day as an actress much more than as a singer. it's an amusing, easy going, light hearted film, perfect for afternoon viewing.

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