Please Don't Eat the Daisies

"Very Good"

Please Don't Eat the Daisies Review


When you think of classic romantic comedy pairings, Doris Day and David Niven don't immediately spring to mind. But Niven shows an extremely soft and lighthearted side in this madcap romp, one of Day's best films from her little-seen later years in the business.

The story is really a bunch of vignettes -- as the source book was -- about a woman with four rambunctious boys and a theater critic husband, all of whom move from the city to the country in an attempt to better their lives. Hysteria ensues as Niven's critic tussles with old friends who are all playwrights, and a leading lady (Janis Paige) who alternately slaps him in the face and tries to woo a positive review out of him.

Musical interludes abound, but it's Niven, believe it or not, who steals the show with his gentlemanly self trapped in a series of absurd and sexed-up situations. One musical number, "Any Way the Wind Blows," is a show stopper writ small, a little harmony that immediately makes you rewind to hear it again. Cute little flick, and it has absolutely nothing to do with daisies.



Please Don't Eat the Daisies

Facts and Figures

Run time: 112 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 2nd June 1960

Distributed by: MGM

Production compaines: Euterpe, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 67%
Fresh: 4 Rotten: 2

IMDB: 6.5 / 10

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Starring: as Kate Robinson Mackay, as Lawrence Larry Mackay, as Deborah Vaughn, as Suzie Robinson, as Alfred North, as Maggie, as Joe Positano, as Reverend Norman McQuarry, as Mona James, Bess Flowers as Lady in elevator, Charles Herbert as David Mackay, Stanley Livingston as Gabriel Mackay, Flip Mark as George Mackay, Irene Tedrow as Mrs. Greenfield, Benny Rubin as Pete, Kathryn Card as School principal, Milton Frome as Gus

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