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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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Co-starring Janis Paige * Spring Byington * Richard Haydn ...and the four little monsters! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Charles Herbert, playing one of the children, claimed that Doris Day only spoke three words to him throughout the filming. See more »

Goofs

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 slips off her shoulder, and there is no slip strap. See more »

Quotes

Laurence Mackay: She doesn't like being awake in the day? What is she, a vampire bat?
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Connections

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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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Amusing Story With Lots of Star-Powered Charm
2 May 2005 | by gftbiloxiSee all my reviews

Based on the popular book by Jean Kerr, PLEASE DON'T EAT THE DAISY is probably the best of Doris Day's 1960s comedies--and it finds her surprisingly paired with David Niven. While the two may seem an unlikely couple, they have extremely good on-screen chemistry, and the film neatly balances its story between the two stars so that neither overshadows the other.

Day plays Kate MacKay, mother of four hellions and the long suffering wife of esoteric drama critic Larry MacKay (Niven.) With her husband under siege by every actor, director, and producer in town, Kate decides to move the family to a home in the country--and in the process leaves her husband open to the temptations of Broadway star Deborah Vaughn (Janis Paige.) Before too long, Larry's swelling ego threatens their happy home.

The cast is expert, with both Day and Niven extremely enjoyable and Janis Paige memorable as the Broadway siren who attempts to lead Niven astray; the supporting roles are also expertly handled by a cast that includes Spring Byington. The script is witty with a dash of sophisticated sparkle, and unlike most of Day's later comedies manages to avoid the feel of frantic farce. A truly enjoyable outing; pure fun all the way.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer


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