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Friday, April 4, 2008

Friday Movie Review - Please Don't Eat the Daisies


Happy April, everykitty! Since it is now officially spring, this month's movie review theme will be movies that make a kitty think of springtime! Our first film for the month of April is "Please Don't Eat the Daisies." This movie is a classic, and stars Doris Day and David Niven. (My mommy went through a "Doris Day" phase, so we have lots of her movies at home!)



Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960)

Director: Charles Walters

Written by: Jean Kerr (Book)

Isobel Lennart (Writer)


"Please Don't Eat the Daisies" follows the hectic and humorous family life of Lawrence and Kate MacKay, played by David Niven and Doris Day. Lawrence is a drama critic living in a crowded city apartment with his wife, four sons, and large sheepdog. His wife Kate dreams of owning a big house in the country. Convincing her husband to invest in a large and rambling fixer-upper, Kate and Lawrence move their family out into the country, while Lawrence commutes back and forth between their new home in the country and the exciting theatrical life in the city. Tensions begin to build in the marriage as Kate finds herself working alone on the house and dealing with their four rowdy boys, while Lawrence spends increasingly large amounts of time in the city and enters into a flirtation with an actress.

Despite its seemingly dramatic subject matter, "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" is most definitely a comedy. There is no end to the trouble the four young MacKays get into . . . including the youngest, who is still too young to talk well, yet has to be kept in a cage rather than a playpen because of his Houdini-like tendencies. Kate's struggle to make their house into a home and to fit into the new suburban community also has moments of hilarity, while family friend Richard Haydn (Alfred North) is wonderfully amusing in a snarky way . . . especially as he can't see the charm of country family life. I give this movie two paws up . . . and a whisker twitch for having the good taste to put my friend Daisy in the title!

21 meows:

Gandalf & Grayson said...

Mom says she loves that movie. That was way back when they still could make a movie that was entertaining without being nasty! Hooray for Classics!

Dragonheart & Merlin said...

We had never heard of this movie before. Thank you for the review, Tybalt.

JB's Big World said...

This sounds like a fun movie and it has a doggie in it too. I really should let my mom watch more movies....
--JB

PB & J said...

Wow, we though Mommy knew all the Doris Day movies, but she says she doesn't know this one - we're thinking a movie night is coming up!

Cat-a-holic, Lilly and Laila said...

Our Mom has seen that movie and now wants to watch it again. She even use to have a doggie like the one in the movie. We have a taste for daisies now!

DEBRA said...

This was a classic!

Purrs
Abby

Zoolatry said...

We likes to eat daisies... and roses... and petunias... and tulips... and... and... and...

TT said...

Hmmm I don'ts get it. Why woulds any being eats Daisy? Er I mean Daisys??

Kelly Cat said...

If you can't eat the flowers, then what are they good for?

Sunny's Mommy said...

That is a really good movie :-D

Irishcoda said...

Oh boy, I remember that movie and the TV series too! I loved that comedy :)

Mickey said...

I thought you did a nice review. Mom thought it was great!!! She likes Doris Day too!!!!! She agrees with Gandalf & Grayson's Mom too!!
Purrs Mickey

Mr. Echo said...

You are a good revewwer. I diddint know thay made moovies in black and wite!

Cecil the Cougar: said...

I fink it was good taste to put Daisy in the title too. I hope that no one tries to eat her, especially vishus deer!

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Oh, mom sez she's gotta see dat one again! She loves Doris Day movies...

Karen Jo said...

I really enjoy this movie, but I haven't seen it in ages. Thank you for reminding me of it. I think I will have to order a copy.

Anita said...

Can you believe that we have never seen this movie?

Happy April to you!

Purrrrrss.

Chairman Mao said...

Momma loves classick films, but she has nefur seen this moovie! Thankies fur the ecksellent review -- she'll have to check it out!

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

Marilyn MonREOW said...

Mom definitely needs to check out that movie! Great review, as always. *smile*

Purrs and snuggles from Marilyn!

topcatrules said...

Argh! That's another of mom's very favorite movies!! She says she loves it!!

4 Boys and a Lady said...

Last year our dad admitted that he'd never seen a Rock Hudson/Doris Day movie. Or even a Doris Day movie period! Shame on him, Mom thought. So she rented as many Doris Day/Rock Hudson movies she could and made Dad watch them. Thank goodness he liked 'em. :)