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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:
John Harding ...
Reverend Norman McQuarry
Mary Smith
Mary Patton ...
Mrs. Hunter
Flip Mark ...


Drama critic Larry McKay, his wife Kate, and their four sons move from their crowded Manhattan apartment to an old house in the country. While housewife Kate settles into suburban life, Larry continues to enjoy the theater and party scene of New York. Kate 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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A sunny day: Doris Day copes with home, hubby and the mommy track! See more »


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Release Date:

2 June 1960 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Ne mangez pas les marguerites  »


Box Office


$1,775,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,050,000, 31 December 1960
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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 Doris Day puts on her black evening gown near the beginning of the movie, she has on a black slip with straps. She adjusts the straps of the gown over the straps of the slip. Later, when she and David Niven are eating dinner in a restaurant, the strap of the dress ships off her shoulder, and there is no slip strap. 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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Unfunny "comedy" that does not even conjure up the usual nostalgia
5 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

This film adapts a Jean Kerr novel about her life with a professor-turned-theater-critic. Apparently, the novel is hilarious, but this film is anything but. Even the trailer -- which for a comedy should really capture the best laugh lines -- elicited barely a chuckle. Or maybe audiences then were less sophisticated: who knows? Anyway, the best diagnosis of this film is that David Niven is horribly miscast. Doris Day is her usual charming self, if not a bit anodyne (no surprise there, sorry!), but there is just nothing by way of chemistry between David Niven and her that would make you think that this is anything but an attempt to cash in on two brand-name actors. Niven's character alternates between flying off the handle and almost robotically delivering lines better suited for some boringly handsome American actor than for an actor of Niven's caliber.

Moreover, when the story line takes the characters to the fictional Hudson River exurb of Hooton (which sounds more like somewhere in Appalachia or the Mayberry South than anything in that part of the world), the pastiche of crazy local townspeople is almost too much to bear.

That it goes on for just under two hours adds insult to injury.

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