Please Don't Eat the Daisies
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Welcome to chaos! A newspaper columnist and her professor husbandstruggle to raise four rowdy boys in the uproarious comedy series PleaseDon't Eat The Daisies.Everything that can go wrong does for the rattledJoan Nash (Patricia Crowley) as she valiantly attempts to keep hersanity in a house filled with boys. She can cope with their antics andthose of their huge family dog, Ladadog. But will she survive life withher "eldest child" -- husband Jim (Mark Miller).Accustomed to theconstant din, this hapless mother works best surrounded by utterpandemonium. So don't put everything in its place, don't tell the kidsto be quiet, and above all -- Please Don't Eat The Daisies!]]>
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Day plays Kate MacKay, mother of four hellions and the long suffering wife of esoteric drama critic Larry MacKay (Niven.) With her husband under seige by every actor, director, and producer in town, Kate decides to move the family to a home in the country--and in the process leaves her husband open to the temptations of Broadway star Deborah Vaughn (Janis Paige.) Before too long, Larry's swelling ego threatens their happy home.
The cast is expert, with both Day and Niven extremely enjoyable and Janis Paige memorable as the Broadway siren who attempts to lead Niven astray; the supporting roles are also expertly handled by a cast that includes Spring Byington. The script is witty with a dash of sophistocated sparkle, and unlike most of Day's later comedies manages to avoid the feel of frantic farce. A truly enjoyable outing; pure fun all the way.
This film was based on Jean Kerr's bestselling novel of the same name. Kerr's book was somewhat autobiographical. She was the wife of famed (and feared) New York theatre critic Walter Kerr, and their family did indeed move to a rambling old mansion in upstate New York. Jean Kerr, a famed author and playwright in her own right, also penned the long-running Broadway play "Mary, Mary" (a success on the stage for Barbara Bel Geddes; and later a film with Debbie Reynolds in the lead).
In PLEASE DON'T EAT THE DAISIES, Doris Day leads the charge with several musical numbers, including the Title Song, "Any Way the Wind Blows", and "Que Sera Sera" (which she had introduced the previous year in Hitchcock's remake of "The Man Who Knew Too Much"). She delivers a coyly-comedic turn as the flustered stay-at-home mother, and much of her performance still rings true today.
The supporting cast includes priceless performances from Richard Haydn, Patsy Kelly, Spring Byington; and the delicious Janis Paige, who plays the diva-esque leading lady of a Broadway musical who comes under the wrath of Niven's poison-pen!Read more ›
Based on an amusing book by Jean Kerr, wife of famed theatre critic Walter, it is loosely based upon their own misadventures. The film version, produced by Joe Pasternak and directed by Charles Walters, relates the story of husband and wife David Niven and Day who, with their brood of children, decide to relocate to the suburbs after Niven nabs a position as theatre critic with a NYC newspaper. Adjustments are in order for all, and the laughs flow fast and free. Niven almost falls under the spell of seductress Janis Paige but returns to home and hearth by the final reel.
Doris Day is, as always, a delight. She acts with warmth and skill, playing a mother with the same level of expertise she always displays when playing a successful career woman. She even sings a couple of songs in her usual top-notch style. In particular, her rendition of her hit, "Que Sera Sera", to Niven in an Italian restaurant, is very affecting in it's simplicity.
Niven is polished and urbane and the supporting cast, which includes Paige, Spring Byington, Jack Weston, and Patsy Kelly keep the fun going at a rapid fire clip.
An interesting side note: Paige was the female lead in Day's 1948 film debut, "Romance on the High Seas", which made Day an overnight star, many critics barely noting Paige's participation in the film. Paige originated the role of Babe in "The Pajama Game" on Broadway, which Day later received acclaim for in the 1957 film version. In "Daisies", Paige, in a supporting role, makes a very memorable comedy appearance.
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I can not tell you how many times I have watched this film ! It is hilarious with Doris Day and David Niven and their mischievous pack of boys ! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeannee Taylor
Please Don't eat The Daisies stars Doris Day and was released in 1960. A funny comedy about a housewife with a busy life. Great support is provided by Janis Paige and Patsy Kelly. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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