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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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The Uproarious Movie From The Big Best-Seller! 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Herbert, playing one of the children, claimed that Doris Day only spoke three words to him throughout the filming. 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

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

References Ivanhoe (1952) 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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A bright, sweet Doris Day confection for her fans.
4 January 2006 | by ipraSee all my reviews

Although made in 1960, this classic sampling of Doris Day fluff is more a product of the 50s than the coming decade of the 60s. As ever, Miss Day is gorgeous and perfectly turned out, this time the mother of four small boys, an aspiring playwright overshadowed by her theater critic husband, coping with a series of domestic crises while she attempts to move her family from a city apartment to an improbably ramshackle English-style country house. 'Improbable' is indeed the word for the entire plot of this movie, but then probability was seldom the reason we went to the movies in the 50s. Bouyed along by the bright force of Miss Day's personality, the light touch and easy charm of David Niven, and ably supported by Janice Paige, Spring Byington, and Richard Haydn, this pic has all the bouncy sweetness and escapism her fans so appreciate in Miss Day's work. So, if you are looking for a 2-hour time trip to what seems like a kinder and gentler time, don't mind bumping your nose against a few cultural idiosyncrasies of the 50s (and no Day fan can avoid that), enjoy discovering some charming but forgotten musical numbers, appreciate really great vintage clothes, and generally believe it is hard for Miss Day to do any wrong, this seldom-mentioned film is just the ticket!


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