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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 »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the best-selling autobiographical book of the same name, written by Jean Kerr, wife of powerful New York theatre critic Walter Kerr. For this film adaptation, characters' names were changed, but the bulk of the comic incidents seen here are from Kerr's memoir. 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: [Declaring his manifesto as a theatre critic] I shall continue to yell tripe whenever tripe is served!
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Connections

Referenced in Rod Wood (1995) 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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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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