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It's Not As Good As The Book
I like every Doris Day movie I've ever seen. She has brought so much joy to all who watch her films. This film, however, is not one of the best she made simply because it bears very little resemblance to Jean Kerr's book, "Please Don't Eat The Daisies," which is a compilation of stories about suburban NYC life in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Jean Kerr, the wife of Broadway drama critic, Walter Kerr, was raising a growing family in Westchester County. A successful playwright herself, Kerr's stories present an hilarious view of life in the suburbs. Kerr's vignettes are brilliantly funny but very difficult to capture on film. This film tries to weave Jean Kerr's vignettes into a single unified story but I've never thought the plot works well nor is it an adequate reflection of the book. There are some humorous scenes and Doris Day is elegant and charming as always, but the plot just doesn't do justice to Miss Day or to Jean Kerr.
please don't eat the daisies
- kevin sellers
Better than I thought it would be. (I was imagining, and dreading, "Pillow Talk In Suburbia.") Isobel Lennart is a good screenwriter and the biggest proof of this is that she invests ALL of her characters with good dialogue, not just the leads. Director Charles Walters keeps the whole thing properly light (with just a few shadings of a more serious movie in some of the scenes with Day and Niven.) If it had concentrated more on what happens to a marriage and a family when one of the spouses moves up in society, and had soft peddled the cute kids and all the "Mr Blandings" stuff, with the horrid house in the country, it would have been a great comedy. Alas, it does not and thus has to settle for "good" status, instead. Solid B. P.S. There are a lot of fine supporting actors in this film, (another sign of a good movie) my favorite being the creepy new tenant of the McKay apartment, (wonderfully played by an actress named Carmen Phillips, who looks like she specialized in Beatniks) who wants to hurry up with the inspection because she does not like to be awake during the day.
Doris Day and David Niven are believable as parents of four boys. I just love Doris Day movies and this is very entertaining.
Charming Family Picture
I like Doris Day very much, but I don't like most 60's films about families and kids. Well, this isn't really like that. It's witty, sophisticated, affectionate. The relationship between man and wife is very warm and sexy. Their relationship with their kids is old fashioned. They adore them of course, but the adults definitely have a life outside the children. The way I remember my parents in fact. The supporting actors are terrific. All together, a great family film with snappy dialog and good humor. (After all, theater criticism is a large part of the plot.) Day & Niven have a good screen rapport. Too bad they didn't work together more.
A Jovial Comedy.
- Frank Harris Horn
Doris Day, David Niven and Janis Paige star in Charles Walters' frothy screen version of Jean Kerr's best-seller. Niven is a poison-pen theatre drama critic and Doris is his beautiful young wife, who move their hectic family out of New York City to start a new life in the country, but can they adjust to urban life? Lotsa luck. Doris sings the title song along with her Oscar-winning hit song "Que Sera, Sera". A bright movie, but the humor is anything but humorous. Screen veterans, Spring Byington and Patsy Kelly co-star as Doris' mother-in-law and housekeeper. Her kids are somewhat amusing, that is, of course, if you can tolerate their behavior. The movie would later inspire the mid-1960s TV series starring Patricia Crowley. Also starring Richard Haydn, Jack Weston, Charles Herbert, Stanley Livingston, Flip Mark, John Harding, Margaret Lindsay, Benny Rubin, Len Lesser & Irene Tedrow.
PLease Don't Eat the Daisies - and Ooops!
- Paul Conrad Jackson
When I was a teenage projectionist at the Savoy Theatre in Kingston-Upon-Hull, England, we got a new senior projectionist who, without fully explaining it, used a new filing system for the reels. So,when it came to the changeover, I pulled out the wrong reel, and with that the movie ended 20 minutes sooner than it should have!That said, this is quite a delightful movie, but what movie that Doris Day has starred in isn't delightful!