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Inside Daisy Clover (1965)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Romance | 27 April 1966 (Italy)
A tomboy turned movie star deals with the cruelty of Hollywood.

Director:

Robert Mulligan

Writers:

Gavin Lambert (novel), Gavin Lambert (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Natalie Wood ... Daisy Clover
Christopher Plummer ... Raymond Swan
Robert Redford ... Wade Lewis / Lewis Wade
Ruth Gordon ... The Dealer - Mrs. Clover
Roddy McDowall ... Walter Baines
Katharine Bard Katharine Bard ... Melora Swan
Peter Helm Peter Helm ... Milton Hopwood
Betty Harford Betty Harford ... Gloria Clover Goslett
John Hale John Hale ... Harry Goslett
Harold Gould ... Cop on Pier
Ottola Nesmith ... Dolores
Edna Holland ... Cynara
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Philip Dayton ... John
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Storyline

Daisy Clover is a 15 year old Tomboy who dreams of being a Hollywood star. After auditioning for producer Raymond Swan of Swan studios she becomes the toast of Hollywood. Daisy must then come to terms with her new found fame and the 1930's Hollywood star treatment. Written by Kelly

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The story of what they did to a kid... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1966 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Intimidades de una adolescente See more »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Elizabeth Hartman and Patty Duke were two of the actresses considered for the lead role. See more »

Goofs

The film is basically one big anachronism, since it features 1960s fashions, hairstyles, and music in a story supposedly set in the 1930s. See more »

Quotes

Daisy Clover: [to her mother] Don't go, don't go, it's alright, nobody's ever going to come for you again.
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Referenced in Private Screenings: Robert Osborne (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Hooray for Hollywood
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played on the phonograph
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The Image Maker
12 July 2009 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

Almost everything about this film ... from the casting and acting, to the plot, to the musical numbers, to the costumes and hairstyles ... seems fake.

Natalie Wood, 27 years old, plays 15-year old Daisy Clover, a spunky tomboy/brat/beach bum extraordinaire. Daisy, who lives with her eccentric elderly mom, played by Ruth Gordon, in a shabby wooden trailer near the beach in Southern California, has Hollywood stars in her eyes. And when Raymond Swan (Christopher Plummer), head of The Swan Studio comes calling, Daisy jumps at the chance to be a movie star.

She leaves her mom and lets Swan remake her into America's ideal of a teenage girl. In effect, Swan Studio is Daisy's image maker. Even though surrounded by cold-blooded snakes in the movie business, Daisy is such a brat that she doesn't elicit much sympathy from me. But then I found little interest in any of the characters.

With the exception of Daisy's mom, the characters lack depth of emotion. Maybe that's the point ... Hollywood is filled with emotionally empty people. They're all image, no substance.

Set in the 1930s, the film has visuals that look straight out of the 1960s, especially relative to hairstyles and costumes. The musical numbers, though well executed, trend toward upbeat, bubble gum optimism, which is inconsistent with the film's overall thematic cynicism. I know what they're driving at with these musical numbers. But the abrupt tonal shift is jarring.

Perhaps the worst element of this film is Natalie Wood's performance. She seriously overacts. It's a performance not unlike that of Patty Duke, in "Valley Of The Dolls" (1967).

"Inside Daisy Clover" is filmed in color. It would have been more realistic had it been filmed in 1930s B&W. And the cinematography projects an annoying wide screen image.

The only thing I liked about this film is the presence of the always interesting, and unique, Ruth Gordon. Otherwise, this film is forgettable.


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