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Doris's great farewell film performance,
This review is from: With Six You Get Eggroll [VHS] (VHS Tape)
"With Six You Get Eggroll" marks rather sadly the farewell performance of Doris Day before she ventured into television and while this film is not as well known as some of her classic films like "Pillow Talk" or "Lover Come Back" really she could not have chosen a better film vechicle for her last performance.
"Eggroll" is a delightful , fun film which is often unfairly labelled solely as a "Family Film" and not much else. Certainly it is that, but there is also alot for the adults to enjoy as well. It is one of my favourite Doris Day performances and she does a wonderful job as the widow raising 3 boys who meets, falls in love with, and then marries a widower with one teenage girl. The resulting chaos produces many highly amusing situations that all of us can identify with. The whole issue of "us" and "them", "home territory" and how to protect it from "outsiders" is beautifully handled.
Doris Day plays her role with the smooth ease that her years of experience has taught her. In "Eggroll" she is sexy, and handles her role in a most realistic manner. She is at times loving, caring and warm, at other times frustrated and angry and just plan fed up with the whole situation which adds a truthful air to the whole proceedings. She is aided very well by Brian Keith who rather unexpectedly displays a terrific chemistry on screen with Doris. Theirs is a very honest and realistic coupling and they make "Eggroll" a super viewing experience.
The film benefits from its terrific supporting cast from Pat Carroll as Doris's match making sister to the wacky Alice Ghostley as the maid who always has a comment on each situation. The film boasts appearances by Jamie Farr (pre M*A*S*H)and William Christopher also pre M*A*S*H. The film also marked the feature film debut of Barbara Hershey and most of the dramatic tension in the story revolves around her characters ajustment to the merging of the two families. She delivers a wonderful performance for someone of her age and it isn't hard to see why she had such a great future ahead of her in films.
"With Six You Get Eggroll" is a fitting finish to Doris Day's film career. With times changing in the late 60's her style of sophisticated movie making was sadly going out and it is nice that she has left such a wonderful legacy on film. I strongly recommend this film to you and like me I'm sure you will enjoy it time and time again and see that it forever remains fresh and is first class entertainment.