Please Don't Eat the Daisies
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Please Don't Eat the Daisies

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Director: Charles Walters

Cast: Charles Walters, Doris Day, David Niven, Janis Paige

     
 

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In this entertaining comedy by Charles Walters, everyone seems to get in on the act, even the dog and especially the four overactive kids in a wildly challenging family. David Niven co-stars with Doris Day as Lawrence and Kate Mackay, distinctive parents struggling with home, life, and family. Lawrence opts for leaving his job teaching at Columbia University in New… See more details below

Overview

In this entertaining comedy by Charles Walters, everyone seems to get in on the act, even the dog and especially the four overactive kids in a wildly challenging family. David Niven co-stars with Doris Day as Lawrence and Kate Mackay, distinctive parents struggling with home, life, and family. Lawrence opts for leaving his job teaching at Columbia University in New York for a post as a drama critic for a Gotham newspaper, bringing new problems to the pile the family already owns. First, they are forced to move out -- far out -- to the countryside with their brood and canine. And next, while Kate handles home, hearth, and hellions, Lawrence proceeds to alienate one of his best friends with a shattering review. That unhappy beginning to his new career also brings in one of the actresses damaged by his cutting remarks (Janis Paige), who wreaks her own form of havoc on poor Lawrence. In the meantime, Day gets to sing some songs which add to the light-hearted attitude of it all.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Its premise (Broadway as seen through the eyes of a major theatrical critic) aside, Please Don't Eat the Daisies could easily have been indistinguishable from any number of 1960s family comedies. Yet, while it's not a classic film for all time, Daisies is surprisingly bright, genial, and, yes, genuinely funny and charming. Credit surely must go to screenwriter Isobel Lennart, but pinning down exactly why her screenplay works so well is rather difficult. It's well-structured, certainly, but so are many lesser comedies. It also has its share of contrivances and artifice, which should work against it -- yet somehow, those flaws don't amount to much. And while there's genuine comedy in some of the lines and situations, it's not the kind of wit that produces quotable moments. Of course, it helps that the characters, while familiar, are also individuals, people that surprise us in small ways and that therefore seem more real than the characters in similar films. Daisies is also directed with a very sure hand by veteran Charles Walters and is blessed with a lovely cast. Doris Day turns in a perfectly tuned performance, never too heavy and never too light, and always appealing and believable. David Niven matches her step for step, and the supporting cast includes delightful turns by Richard Haydn, Jack Weston, and Spring Byington, and a devilishly dominating one by Janis Paige that is pretty sensational. Please Don't Eat the Daisies has its flaws, including a very extraneous musical number between Day and a group of children, but for the most part it's an engaging little film.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2005
UPC:
0012569519725
Original Release:
1960
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:51:00
Sales rank:
3,555

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Doris Day Kate Mackay
David Niven Larry Mackay
Janis Paige Deborah Vaughn
Spring Byington Suzie Robinson
Richard Haydn Alfred North
Patsy Kelly Maggie
Jack Weston Joe Positano
John Harding Rev. Dr. McQuarry
Margaret Lindsay Mona James
Charles Herbert David Mackay
Stanley Livingston Gabriel MacKay
Flip Mark George MacKay
Jhean Burton Actress
Bobby Darin Man
Dog: Hobo Actor
Donald Foster Justin Winters
Anatole Winogradoff Paul Foster
Madge Blake Mrs. Kilkinny
Gail Bonney Woman
John Brennan Young Man
Kathryn Card Miss Yule
Richard Collier Salesman
Burt Douglas Young Man
Amy Douglass Martha
Milton Frome Gus the Waiter
Marianne Gaba Girl
Marina Koshetz Jane March
Peter Leeds Larry's Secretary
Len Lesser Waiter
Mary Patton Mrs. Hunter
Carmen Phillips Mary Smith
Benny Rubin Pete
Charles Seel Upholstery Man
Guy Stockwell Young Man
Irene Tedrow Mrs. Greenfield
Geraldine Wall Dr. Sprouk
Frank Wilcox Interviewer
Wilson Wood Photographer

Technical Credits
Charles Walters Director
Robert J. Bronner Cinematographer
George W. Davis Art Director
Doris Day Songwriter
Dunham Songwriter
Ray Evans Songwriter
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Morton Haack Costumes/Costume Designer
Marilyn Hooven Songwriter
Joe Hooven Songwriter
Isobel Lennart Screenwriter
Jay Livingston Songwriter
Jay Lubin Songwriter
John McSweeney Editor
Joe Pasternak Producer
Hans Peters Art Director
David Rose Score Composer
Robert Sidney Choreography
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Jerry Wunderlich Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [1:40]
2. Water Bombs Away [1:54]
3. Helping Mom Dress [3:45]
4. From Playwright to Baby Sitter [4:26]
5. Salmon on a Hook [3:30]
6. First-Time Critiques [3:37]
7. Calm for Breakfast [5:25]
8. Last Slap vs. Laugh [3:06]
9. He Who Got Slapped [3:08]
10. Grandma's Menagerie [2:39]
11. Party Pooping [2:59]
12. The Joke Wins [3:28]
13. Wifely Worry [3:15]
14. Another Fellow [2:46]
15. The Spot He's In [3:42]
16. What's in a Name? [4:55]
17. Their Humble Home [3:36]
18. Eating Daisies [4:19]
19. On the Make [3:43]
20. Fine First Impression [4:38]
21. Surprise Play [5:22]
22. Rich Full Life [3:46]
23. Nobody Home [1:18]
24. Please Don't Eat the Daisies [4:36]
25. Time for Tricks [1:58]
26. The Sheep Runs Home [4:17]
27. Anyway the Wind Blows [2:48]
28. The Writer Objects [2:13]
29. Lonesome Being Right [4:34]
30. Scary Larry [3:11]
31. Beg Your Pardon [4:11]

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