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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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A sunny day: Doris Day copes with home, hubby and the mommy track! 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)
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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

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

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

Featured in Biography: Doris Day: It's Magic (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Que Sera Sera
(uncredited)
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Performed by Doris Day
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This movie is loads of fun
29 March 2004 | by TickerageSee all my reviews

I had to comment here because the other comment was so negative. First, you have to like Doris Day to like this movie. It is one of her best and capturtes her in all of her best environs, as a mother, on the sidelines of fast lane society. How can any true fan not love this movie? She sings, she dances, and she acts.

Doris's interaction with the kids is what steals the show, she's so natural with them. The musical numbers are light and fluffy, but that was what we loved about her work! Niven makes an unexpectedly good straight man and counterpart for Doris who is all over the place. It is also interresting that Janis Page co-stars in this film as she was the top billed female in Doris's first film, Romance on the High Seas.

I think Page looks good as a blond and gives a great performance. Spring Byington is fantastic as the grandmother. The only walk-through performance is by Richard Haydn, who isnt too bad.

Anyone who loves Doris Day will consider this one of their favorite movies.


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