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Director:
Writers:
Isobel Lennart (screenplay)
Jean Kerr (book)
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Release Date:
2 June 1960 (West Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
The Uproarious Movie From The Big Best-Seller!
Plot:
Drama critic Larry McKay, his wife Kay, and their four sons move from their crowded Manhattan apartment to an old house in the country... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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(3 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Doris Day ... Kate Robinson Mackay

David Niven ... Laurence Mackay

Janis Paige ... Deborah Vaughn

Spring Byington ... Suzie Robinson

Richard Haydn ... Alfred North

Patsy Kelly ... Maggie

Jack Weston ... Joe Positano
John Harding ... Reverend Norman McQuarry

Margaret Lindsay ... Mona James

Carmen Phillips ... Mary Smith
Mary Patton ... Mrs. Hunter
Charles Herbert ... David Mackay

Stanley Livingston ... Gabriel Mackay
Flip Mark ... George Mackay
Baby Gellert ... Adam Mackay
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Madge Blake ... Mrs. Kilkinny (scenes deleted)
Dan Bergin ... Man Hit with Water Balloon (uncredited)
Gail Bonney ... Miss Bonney (uncredited)
John Brennan ... Young Man (uncredited)
Jhean Burton ... Actress (uncredited)
Kathryn Card ... Ms. Yule (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Sardi's Headwaiter (uncredited)
Richard Collier ... Fabric Salesman (uncredited)
Joseph Cronin ... Pianist (uncredited)
Frank Delfino ... (uncredited)
Burt Douglas ... Young Man (uncredited)
Amy Douglass ... Martha (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Lady in Elevator (uncredited)
Donald Foster ... Justin Withers (uncredited)
Milton Frome ... Gus (uncredited)
Marianne Gaba ... Young Girl (uncredited)
James Gonzalez ... (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Mona's Baldy Party Guest (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Marina Koshetz ... Jane March (uncredited)
Peter Leeds ... Mackay's Secretary (uncredited)

Len Lesser ... Waiter at Sardi's (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Sardi's Patron / Elevator-Rider (uncredited)
Benny Rubin ... Pete (uncredited)
Charles Seel ... Upholstery Man (uncredited)
Guy Stockwell ... Young Man (uncredited)
Lomax Study ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Man in Elevator (uncredited)
Irene Tedrow ... Mrs. Greenfield (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Elevator-Rider (uncredited)
Geraldine Wall ... Dr. Sprouk (uncredited)
Ira L. Westley ... Bassist (uncredited)
Nancy A. Westley ... Guitarist (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... TV Interviewer (uncredited)
Anatol Winogradoff ... Professor (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Photographer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Charles Walters 
 
Writing credits
Isobel Lennart (screenplay)

Jean Kerr (book)

Produced by
Martin Melcher .... associate producer
Joe Pasternak .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Rose 
 
Cinematography by
Robert J. Bronner (director of photography) (as Robert Bronner)
 
Film Editing by
John McSweeney Jr. 
 
Casting by
Mel Ballerino (uncredited)
Don McElwaine (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
Hans Peters 
 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Jerry Wunderlich 
 
Costume Design by
Morton Haack 
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Agnes Flanagan .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Frank La Rue .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Dave Friedman .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Jennings .... assistant director
Jack N. Reddish .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Matty Azzarone .... leadman (uncredited)
Harry Edwards .... props (uncredited)
John Ricardo .... props (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
Conrad Kahn .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Lee LeBlanc .... matte painting supervisor (uncredited)
Matthew Yuricich .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Bradner .... grip (uncredited)
Eric Carpenter .... still photographer (uncredited)
Milford Cline .... gaffer (uncredited)
George Hollister .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ace Riley .... camera operator (uncredited)
Howard Roberts .... best boy (uncredited)
Joseph Ruttenberg .... camera operator (uncredited)
Tom Smith .... best boy (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Russel B. Caplan .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Evelyn Rickart .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
Thomas J. McCarthy .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Irving Aaronson .... assistant to producer
Eylla Jacobs .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Robert Sidney .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
112 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | Germany:6 (re-rating) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | West Germany:12 (original rating)

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Trivia:
The musical number Kate rehearses for the amateur show ("Any Way The Wind Blows," music by Marilyn Hooven and Joseph Hooven, lyrics by 'By' Dunham) had been written for the previous year's Doris Day movie, Pillow Talk (1959). The song title was, for a while, even the working title of that film.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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 »
Quotes:
Alfred North:For a critic that first step is the first printed joke. It gets a laugh and a whole new world opens up. He makes another joke, and another. And then one day along comes a joke that shouldn't be made because the show he's reviewing is a good show. But, as it so happens, it's a good joke. And you know what? The joke wins.See more »
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I Concentrate on YouSee more »

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Another Dream House, 11 August 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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