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"Doris Day copes with home, hubby and the mommy track!", June 10, 2005

Please Don't Eat the Daisies VHS
Light and fluffy, Please Don't Eat the Daisies has nothing, at least, overtly to do with daisies, but that shouldn't stop viewers, especially Doris Day fans, from appreciating this entertaining slice of romantic film history. Based on the semi-autobiographical book by Jean Kerr, this is one of Day's best films, and her pairing with David Niven, while not as convincing as her union with Rock Hudson, is certainly interesting and provides lots of light-hearted laughs.Niven does quite a convincing job of playing Larry Mackay, a dashingly uppity New York theatre critic, and Day has fun portraying Kate, his attractive wife, who spends most of her time reprimanding their rambunctious children or trying to persuade her husband to move out of the city into the country in order to have more fulfilling lives.Larry is a former drama professor. Now a professional drama critic for a big New York newspaper, his first assignment is to review a very bad play produced by his...

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Featuring Doris Day and David Niven in a brilliant screen pairing, PLEASE DON'T EAT THE DAISIES is a fresh and breezy family comedy, filled with lovely performances. When theatre lecturer Larry Mackay (Niven) becomes a critic for a very important New York newspaper, he soon begins to alienate all those around him, not least of which his ever-patient wife Kate (Day) and their four small children - affectionately referred to as "The Monsters"! A move to the country becomes the answer to their problems, but when Larry's New York schedule - and ego - starts running riot, Kate decides to take action...This film was based on Jean Kerr's bestselling novel of the same name. Kerr's book was somewhat autobiographical. She was the wife of famed (and feared) New York theatre critic Walter Kerr, and their family did indeed move to a rambling old mansion in upstate New York. Jean Kerr, a famed author and playwright in her own right, also penned the long-running Broadway play "Mary,...
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Light and fluffy, Please Don't Eat the Daisies has nothing, at least, overtly to do with daisies, but that shouldn't stop viewers, especially Doris Day fans, from appreciating this entertaining slice of romantic film history. Based on the semi-autobiographical book by Jean Kerr, this is one of Day's best films, and her pairing with David Niven, while not as convincing as her union with Rock Hudson, is certainly interesting and provides lots of light-hearted laughs.Niven does quite a convincing job of playing Larry Mackay, a dashingly uppity New York theatre critic, and Day has fun portraying Kate, his attractive wife, who spends most of her time reprimanding their rambunctious children or trying to persuade her husband to move out of the city into the country in order to have more fulfilling lives.Larry is a former drama professor. Now a professional drama critic for a big New York newspaper, his first assignment is to review a very bad play produced by his...
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Based on the popular book by Jean Kerr, PLEASE DON'T EAT THE DAISY is probably the best of Doris Day's 1960s comedies--and it finds her surprisingly paired with David Niven. While the two may seem an unlikely couple, they have extremely good on-screen chemistry, and the film neatly balances its story between the two stars so that neither overshadows the other.
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