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Send Me No Flowers (1964)

A hypochondriac believes he is dying and makes plans for his wife which she discovers and misunderstands.

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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 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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Rock is ready to make love yesterday, tomorrow, and especially to Day (Doris that is!) See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No me mandes flores See more »

Filming Locations:

Universal City, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When the milkman brings the daily goods and delivers them to Doris Day, he mentions "Honey; organic". This would seem to be stating the obvious since honey can only be organic as any attempted field modifications generally kills the bees. Additionally this phrase seems to stand out due to the popularity of the phrase "organic foods" still being some 30 years away. It is believed the correct interpretation of the organic honey statement is meant to differentiate it from the "fake" honey made with sugars, etc., stemming from the World War II rationing programs, and still produced in the early sixties amongst some food manufactures. See more »

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Quotes

Mr. Akins: How many in your family?
George Kimball: Just my wife and myself.
Mr. Akins: Oh... Well, that's all right. Chance of any little additions, maybe?
George Kimball: Well, there might be another man along later.
Mr. Akins: I beg your pardon.
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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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Send Me No Flowers
Lyrics by Hal David
Music by Burt Bacharach
Recorded by Doris Day
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Immortal classic
15 July 2000 | by ivan-22See all my reviews

The main character is dying, but not the movie! It shall live forever. This is one of five golden, grown-up comedy classics Doris Day starred in, the others being "Teacher's Pet", "Pillow Talk", "That Touch of Mink" and "Lover Come Back". Of course, Hollywood never gives an Oscar for comedy. Drama is deemed deep! Nothing is deeper than comedy. Actually, drama is often unintentional comedy.

The critics disliked the movie because the subject is grim: terminal illness, or fear thereof. But if you take that attitude, nothing at all is funny. Actually, death is just the theme around which a lot of variations about modern life are spun. This film is masterful in every respect, a real treat. Paul Lynde is priceless as the effeminate undertaker. Doris Day is a miracle. Even the theme song is a thrill. Oh, why did we stop making these clean, domestic movies dealing with practical issues and everyday life?


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