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Send Me No Flowers (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 14 October 1964 (USA)
A hypochondriac believes he is dying and makes plans for his wife which she discovers and misunderstands.

Director:

Norman Jewison

Writers:

Julius J. Epstein (screenplay) (as Julius Epstein), Norman Barasch (based upon the play by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rock Hudson ... George
Doris Day ... Judy
Tony Randall ... Arnold
Paul Lynde ... Mr. Akins
Hal March Hal March ... Winston Burr
Edward Andrews ... Dr. Morrissey
Patricia Barry ... Linda
Clint Walker ... Bert
Clive Clerk ... Vito
Dave Willock ... Milkman Ernie
Aline Towne ... Cora
Helene Winston ... Commuter
Christine Nelson ... Nurse
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Storyline

At one of his many visits to his doctor, hypochondriac George Kimball mistakes a dying man's diagnosis for his own and believes he only has about two more weeks to live. Wanting to take care of his wife Judy, he doesn't tell her and tries to find her a new husband. When he finally does tell her, she quickly finds out he's not dying at all (while he doesn't) and she believes it's just a lame excuse to hide an affair, so she decides to leave him. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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...just SEND me! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

George refers to Green Hills, the cemetery where he purchases three plots, as "a Levittown of the hereafter". This reference, likely to be lost on modern audiences and certainly on foreign ones, is to four communities of that name, built by Levitt and Sons, a building firm. These communities, built after the Second World War to address the housing shortage, were noted for the mass production of the suburbs and the homogeneity of the housing designs. The most famous Levittown community is in Nassau County, New York. See more »

Goofs

As George is reading the newspaper during breakfast, the pages facing the camera change from shot to shot, even though he has already laid those sections down. See more »

Quotes

George Kimball: I'm not her good friend. I'm her husband!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: "The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals." Sir William Osler See more »

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Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Norman Jewison (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Send Me No Flowers
Lyrics by Hal David
Music by Burt Bacharach
Recorded by Doris Day
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Rock Hudson scores as a hypochondriac...
20 July 2003 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Rock Hudson is in his element here--a situation comedy that's got some clever lines built around the theme that he's a hypochondriac who mistakenly believes he has only a few weeks to live--and wants to put certain issues in order believing that his wife needs another man as soon as he's gone. The "other man" that he and Tony Randall choose turns out to be Clint Walker, his wife's old flame from school days.

With the help of a fairly amusing script and some well played bits by Paul Lynde (as a dedicated undertaker) and Edward Andrews (as a doctor who thinks the specialists get all the breaks), Rock Hudson makes the most of his central role and actually gives the most polished comic performance of his career. Tony Randall does well as his gin-guzzling neighbor who promises to deliver a eulogy for him. And Doris Day (despite wearing what looks to be the worst looking wig since Barbara Stanwyck's blonde hairdo in "Double Indemnity") uses her own comic flair with style--but personally, I've enjoyed her much more in her other roles with Hudson, especially "Pillow Talk". The focus here is on Hudson and he makes the most of a well-written comic role.

Since one of the writers on the script is Julius J. Epstein, it's no wonder that there's a fresh, smooth-flowing flavor to the proceedings. Not the kind of film you should go out of your way to catch, but it passes the time pleasantly. Epstein worked on some great scripts ranging from "The Strawberry Blonde" to "Light in the Piazza" and his deft writing style is evident here.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

14 October 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Universal City, California, USA See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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