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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)
Warner Bros. considering Netflix-style streaming service
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Singing Legend Making Long-Awaited Comeback
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Longtime publicist Regina Gruss dies
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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 ... Mrs. Yule (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Sardi's Headwaiter (uncredited)
Richard Collier ... Fabric Salesman (uncredited)
Joseph Cronin ... Pianist (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Frank Delfino ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Burt Douglas ... Young Man (uncredited)
Amy Douglass ... Martha (uncredited)
Duke Fishman ... Browser (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Elevator Passenger (uncredited)
Donald Foster ... Justin Withers (uncredited)
Milton Frome ... Gus (uncredited)
Marianne Gaba ... Young Girl (uncredited)
James Gonzalez ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Elevator Passenger (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Mona's Bald 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 Passenger (uncredited)
Benny Rubin ... Pete (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Waiter (uncredited)
Charles Seel ... Upholstery Man (uncredited)
Guy Stockwell ... Young Man (uncredited)
Lomax Study ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Elevator Passenger (uncredited)
Irene Tedrow ... Mrs. Greenfield (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Elevator Passenger (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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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 »
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:
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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Soundtrack:
I've Got You Under My SkinSee more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Please don't ask me to like this trivial domestic comedy..., 11 May 2012
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

It took four sessions in front of the DVD player to get through watching PLEASE DON'T EAT THE DAISIES, about as bland a domestic comedy as I've ever watched. I'm a big Doris Day fan but this was the point in her career when she started making some family films that just didn't hit the mark.

The cast is certainly pleasant enough, but the theme of boys being boys is overdone after the first twenty minutes. David Niven has the patience of a saint to put up with the nonsense forced on him here. Neither he nor Doris are able to overcome the inadequacies of an uninspired script that turns out to be a hodge-podge of ideas left over from GEORGE WASHINGTON SLEPT HERE (about a house in the country) and MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE, self-explanatory.

To her credit, Day performs with natural ease throughout and even manages to toss off the vapid title song without losing her dignity. Best in support are Janis Paige as a sexy temptress who tries to lure Niven into her clutches and Richard Haydn who seems to be preparing for his subsequent role in THE SOUND OF MUSIC as a theatrical man who knows his way around a script.

None of it is very funny, even with Patsy Kelly as a housemaid. The fluffy dog, Hobo, has a genuinely funny scene or two and there's the youngest child kept in a cage who steals a couple of scenes without even trying. But all in all, this one taxes the patience of anyone who develops a bad case of deja vu, having seen it all before.

Summing up: Has the flavor of a TV situation comedy that goes on long beyond the half-hour mark. Banal best describes the weak script. The Jean Kerr book must have been mildly amusing.

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