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Her 1948 debut, Romance on the High Seas, actually presents Day in a different light from her subsequent well-scrubbed image. (Maybe this is what co-star Oscar Levant meant when he later quipped, "I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin.") She's a sassy, hep-talking band singer, drawn into an unlikely (and extremely silly) plot involving confused identity during a South American cruise. Michael Curtiz might not be a comedy director, but the script is fun and there's no mistaking the spectacle of a star being born.
The follow-up, My Dream Is Yours, returns Curtiz and leading man Jack Carson in a tale that has some parallels to Day's real life: she's a singer with a young child, looking for her breakthrough. The movie's a serviceable but humdrum backstage story with great vintage locations, and Bugs Bunny appears in a surreal dream sequence. The Technicolor shines here, as it does through much of the set; the only black-and-white film is I'll See You in My Dreams, an enjoyably low-key biopic of lyricist Gus Kahn (Danny Thomas), who wrote so many of the signature tunes of the 1920s. A great score ("Makin' Whoopee," "It Had to Be You") help this one past the conventions of the composer biopic; Doris plays Kahn's alpha-female wife.
Day's rising popularity was confirmed with the success of On Moonlight Bay and By the Light of the Silvery Moon, a pair of old-timey musicals based on Booth Tarkington's "Penrod" stories. Nostalgia for the WWI era runs high in these sugary confections, with Doris paired with Gordon MacRae and a batch of vintage tunes. The strong ensemble and the backlot re-creation of a bygone era are almost impossible to resist.
By her own account, Day was exhausted by her Warners contract at the time of Lucky Me, the latest film (1955) in this set. The lame showbiz story indicates as much, with Doris stranded in Miami and coming to the attention of composer Bob Cummings. The widescreen CinemaScope process gives some oomph to the musical numbers, and if Day herself was exhausted it doesn't show; America's sweetheart never failed to turn on the high beams, and it's easy to see why the moviegoing public needed her to twinkle. --Robert Horton
If you enjoy light-hearted, clean, fun, family oriented films...both of these are for you!!
She has always loved Doris Day movies and since they are rarely on tv she is now able to watch them at her leisure.
Great collection for Doris Day fans or anyone who loves the classics or just watching a great collection of movies.
Purchased this as a Christmas gift for my sister in law. She loved it! Great Movie Set!Published 2 months ago by Shell6a
It was a gift. They wishes the movies were when Doris was at the height of her career and not so many musicals.Published 11 months ago by Kelly
Thoroughly enjoy Doris Day & others in movies careers. I have gotten my daughter to love classics of this time.Published 15 months ago by Grabbergreen66
I was so happy to find this collection. I watch the movies over and over. It is typical Doris Day. Beautiful gowns, awesome hair cuts for Doris' blonde hair. Read morePublished 19 months ago by w;
I never ordered this set. I do like Doris Day. But this was not part of my order. I wish it were.Published 21 months ago by Dianna Campbell
I wanted this collection because I love Doris Day. Everything is perfect on this set. I will order Vol. 1 next time. If you like Doris Day, I would recommend this.Published 22 months ago by laurie reshel
This collection has some fun moves in it that you can't find anywhere else. They are safe to watch with any age group.Published 22 months ago by A. MURPHY
Doris Day has a nice collection of films, specifically "Romance on the High Seas" with the song "Magic". She made happy movies that are fun to watch.Published 24 months ago by Candace Scott
I bought these to watch with a cancer pacient who has a blue dress like in Romance On The High Seas. It was an amazing afternoon with a dear lady.Published on November 28, 2012 by T. Young