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Please Don’t Eat the Daisies

Please Don't Eat The Daisies is a light and frothy comedy, and boff family fare. Pic is episodic - as was the book by Jean Kerr - a series of highly amusing incidents strung together by a rather loose story thread, but this circumstance doesn't militate against interest. Charles Walters' direction maintains terrific pace.

With:
Doris Day David Niven Janis Paige Spring Byington Richard Haydn Patsy Kelly

Please Don’t Eat The Daisies is a light and frothy comedy, and boff family fare. Pic is episodic – as was the book by Jean Kerr – a series of highly amusing incidents strung together by a rather loose story thread, but this circumstance doesn’t militate against interest. Charles Walters’ direction maintains terrific pace.

Plotline is based on the adventures of Doris Day and David Niven after he turns to newspaper drama criticking during which they are forced out of their Gotham apartment and buy a monstrosity in the country – 70 miles from Broadway – where Day takes on community life while trying to modernize and make their new home livable. Janis Paige enters scene as a Broadway actress whom Niven pans in his very first review, which also incurs the enmity of his best friend, producer Richard Haydn.

Day delivers lustily and Niven makes hay with his critic’s portrayal, for whom Paige goes on the make in a big way. Jack Weston also is good as a play-writing cabby.

Please Don't Eat the Daisies

Production: M-G-M. Director Charles Walters; Producer Joe Pasternak; Screenplay Isobel Lennart; Camera Robert Bronner; Editor John MacSweeney; Music David Rose; Art Director George W. Davis, Hans Peters

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1960. Running time: 111 MIN.

With: Doris Day David Niven Janis Paige Spring Byington Richard Haydn Patsy Kelly

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