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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Please Don't Eat The Daisies (1960)

After her husband (David Niven) becomes one of the seven most important theater critics in New York, a wife (Doris Day) finds her life considerably changed and not for the better. On top of all of this, the family relocates from Manhattan to the country with disastrous results. Based on the best selling book by Jean Kerr (wife to famed theater critic Walter Kerr) and directed by Charles Walters (GOOD NEWS). A delightful vehicle for Doris Day with a little more subtext than most of her other romantic comedies. Notably, professional criticism. In this case it's theater but it could easily be art, music, literature etc. This nugget is placed in a sitcom setting, indeed, a few years later it was turned into a TV sitcom. Fortunately, the child actors here don't display the "cutes" but come across a believable kids rather than child actors. Being an MGM film, it looks suitably glamorous what with Robert Bronner's CinemaScope lensing and Morton Haack's costumes. The excellent supporting cast includes Janis Paige (almost stealing the movie), Spring Byington, Richard Haydn, Jack Weston, Patsy Kelly, Margaret Lindsay and Carmen Phillips. 

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