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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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Did You Know?


After Doris Day and Janis Paige first had worked together in Romance on the High Seas (1948), Miss Paige had triumphed on Broadway as the feisty union official, Babe Williams, in the Tony Award-winning musical of 1954, "The Pajama Game." When Warner Bros., the former home lot of Janis and Doris, recast Babe Williams for the delightful 1957 film version, Babe then turned into - Doris Day! 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 »


David Mackay: Gee, Ma, you act as if we were monsters or something.
Kate Robinson Mackay: Well, you are. You're just lucky that I happen to be peculiar and love monsters.
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References Ivanhoe (1952) See more »


Any Way the Wind Blows
Lyrics by 'By' Dunham
Music by Marilyn Hooven and Joseph Hooven (as Joe Hooven)
Performed by Doris Day (uncredited)
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A bright, sweet Doris Day confection for her fans.
4 January 2006 | by (Northeastern Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Although made in 1960, this classic sampling of Doris Day fluff is more a product of the 50s than the coming decade of the 60s. As ever, Miss Day is gorgeous and perfectly turned out, this time the mother of four small boys, an aspiring playwright overshadowed by her theater critic husband, coping with a series of domestic crises while she attempts to move her family from a city apartment to an improbably ramshackle English-style country house. 'Improbable' is indeed the word for the entire plot of this movie, but then probability was seldom the reason we went to the movies in the 50s. Bouyed along by the bright force of Miss Day's personality, the light touch and easy charm of David Niven, and ably supported by Janice Paige, Spring Byington, and Richard Haydn, this pic has all the bouncy sweetness and escapism her fans so appreciate in Miss Day's work. So, if you are looking for a 2-hour time trip to what seems like a kinder and gentler time, don't mind bumping your nose against a few cultural idiosyncrasies of the 50s (and no Day fan can avoid that), enjoy discovering some charming but forgotten musical numbers, appreciate really great vintage clothes, and generally believe it is hard for Miss Day to do any wrong, this seldom-mentioned film is just the ticket!

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