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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.

Director:

Charles Walters

Writers:

Isobel Lennart (screenplay), Jean Kerr (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 John Harding ... Reverend Norman McQuarry
Margaret Lindsay ... Mona James
Carmen Phillips ... Mary Smith
Mary Patton Mary Patton ... Mrs. Hunter
Charles Herbert ... David Mackay
Stanley Livingston ... Gabriel Mackay
Flip Mark Flip Mark ... George Mackay
Baby Gellert ... Adam Mackay
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Storyline

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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Funnier Than Auntie Mame! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1960 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Ne mangez pas les marguerites See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,775,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,100,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,050,000, 31 December 1960
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Euterpe See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In an early example of product placement, Quaker Oats is featured prominently in the film due to a cross promotion with the producers. In a national ad campaign, Quaker offered children under 12 free admission to the movie if accompanied by an adult. Each "specially marked" box of Quaker Oats contained an "MGM ticket" good for one child's admission when accompanied by someone over the age of 12 paying adult admission prices. The April 18, 1960 issue of Life magazine features a full page ad (page 18) on the promotion, and can be found on Google Books. See more »

Goofs

When the cab driver turns around to shake MacKay's hand, he almost has an accident and jerks the steering wheel quickly to his right - but the scene through the cab's rear window doesn't move sideways at all. 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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Soundtracks

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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not that hot
1 February 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Doris Day and David Niven team up together for this lukewarm romantic comedy. He's a critic, she's the harrassed mum of four unlikeable brats; he changes his spots and becomes a feted writer, they move to the country. Blah blah blah.

The best bit in this wet fish of a film is when Janis Paige vamps David Niven in a bar (she's actually very good in this, whereas Doris is too goodie goodie). Otherwise it's pretty much a yawn, a movie which wastes its potential and lumbers along at a deadly pace. Doris and Rock Hudson where really more suited to this kind of thing more than the urbane and rather miscast Niven.


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