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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)

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

Charles Herbert, who plays the nose-picking oldest son of Doris Day and David Novena in this film, was one of the busiest child actors of the late 50s and early 60s, and had featured roles in such high profile movies as The 5 Pennies, The Fly, Houseboat and William Castle's 13 Ghosts. 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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Connections

Referenced in The Twilight Zone: Execution (1960) See more »

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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Another Dream House
11 August 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Please Don't Eat The Daisies is an updating of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House from the woman's point of view. It's taken from a humorous book of the same title by Jean Kerr, wife of the New York Herald Tribune theater critic Walter Kerr. The Kerrs have four boys instead of two girls so we're talking about double the trouble.

Trouble the children are indeed. The film actually opens with the four boys getting their baby brother to drop water balloons on poor passersby of their Manhattan apartment. Which in itself is getting too crowded. But when the real estate agent starts showing the apartment off just as their lease is expiring, Doris Day and David Niven have to move and move quickly.

Like Cary Grant and Myrna Loy, they sink quite a bit of dollars into what we would now call a fix-it-up. But where Cary was hip deep in his involvement in the new house, David Niven is all caught up in his work as one of New York's drama critics. It's up to Doris to keep the household together and get the house livable.

Niven's got his own troubles too, he breaks a friendship with an old friend Richard Haydn when he gives producer Haydn's play a bad review. Not to mention a public slap at Sardi's from Haydn's star Janis Paige who will match her fanny with anyone's. Janis did have quite the derrière back in the day.

Haydn's really got a great scheme to get back at Niven for the bad review. It's a pip, you have to see Please Don't Eat The Daisies for.

Doris gets to sing three songs, including the title song which became a big hit for her. It's perfectly suited to her style.

She sings well and David Niven is as debonair and charming as he always is on the screen. The film even spawned a television series later on in the decade. Please Don't Eat The Daisies still holds up well as good family entertainment.


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