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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:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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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 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

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

References Ivanhoe (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Please Don't Eat the Daisies
Lyrics and Music by Joe Lubin
Performed by Doris Day (uncredited)
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Unfunny "comedy" that does not even conjure up the usual nostalgia
5 August 2017 | by ecobiker-00710See all my reviews

This film adapts a Jean Kerr novel about her life with a professor-turned-theater-critic. Apparently, the novel is hilarious, but this film is anything but. Even the trailer -- which for a comedy should really capture the best laugh lines -- elicited barely a chuckle. Or maybe audiences then were less sophisticated: who knows? Anyway, the best diagnosis of this film is that David Niven is horribly miscast. Doris Day is her usual charming self, if not a bit anodyne (no surprise there, sorry!), but there is just nothing by way of chemistry between David Niven and her that would make you think that this is anything but an attempt to cash in on two brand-name actors. Niven's character alternates between flying off the handle and almost robotically delivering lines better suited for some boringly handsome American actor than for an actor of Niven's caliber.

Moreover, when the story line takes the characters to the fictional Hudson River exurb of Hooton (which sounds more like somewhere in Appalachia or the Mayberry South than anything in that part of the world), the pastiche of crazy local townspeople is almost too much to bear.

That it goes on for just under two hours adds insult to injury.


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