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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Doris Day.

Doris Day, began her most successful phase in films beginning with Pillow Talk, co-starring Rock Hudson, who became a lifelong friend. Day received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actress. Day and Hudson made two more films together, Lover Come Back (1961) and Send Me No Flowers (1964). Day also teamed up with James Garner, starting with 1963's The Thrill of It All, followed by Move Over, Darling.

By the late 1960s, times began to change, but Day's films did not. She was called "the world's oldest virgin". As a result, she slipped from the list of top box office stars, last appearing in the Top 10 in 1967 with The Glass Bottom Boat(1966). A romantic comedy directed by Frank Tashlin. Cast: Doris Day and Rod Taylor, Arthur Godfrey and Paul Lynde. It is also known as The Spy in Lace Panties.

The story begins when Axel Nordstrom, who owns a glass-bottom boat tours in the waters of Santa Catalina Island, California. His widowed daughter, Jennifer Nelson, helps out by wearing a mermaid's costume and swimming underneath his boat.

One day, Jennifer's costume is caught on Bruce Templeton fishing hook and he reels in the bottom half of her mermaid costume, leaving Jennifer without her fin. Jennifer later learns that Bruce is her boss at the aerospace research laboratory.

Mr. Templeton, later recognizes her and hires her to be his "biographer" and to write his life story. The laboratory's security chief, Homer Cripps, believes that Jennifer is a Soviet spy and things begin to get out of hand.

This movie is one of my favorite Doris Day movies. Doris, costars with: Dom Deluise, who makes a terrible spy. She also worked well with, Rod Taylor, Dick Martin and Paul Lynn. The plot maybe a little far fetched, but... this is a must see for Doris Day fans


Anonymous said...

Thanks Dawn for such a wonderful post. You're the best. And yes I have to use anonymous on my own page. These flare ups on Blogger are killing me. But thanks again for this Doris Day tribute.

The Lady Eve said...

Love Doris and love Dawn! My Doris favorite is "The Thrill of it All," she was at her comedic best, I think, with James Garner. Though I'd have preferred Marilyn and Dino in "Something's Got to Give" - the "Move Over, Darling" do-over with Doris and Garner and Polly Bergen is not bad at all (though not Cary Grant and Irene Dunne...but who is????)
I also admire Doris Day immensely for her animal welfare work. Her Doris Day League is tirelessly active...check it out online.
BTW, those having posting problems with Blogger ought to try Firefox or Google Chrome instead of Internet Explorer as their browser. I've had no problem posting with either bur still can't post properly with IE.

Anonymous said...

Monty, Your welcome. I can post on some blogs and not others. You might try changing your comment settings. I worked for me.

Lady Eve, I agree.. "The Thrill of it All "Doris Day played the perfect modern wife/mother and James Garner was a perfect spousal foil for her.

I also would have loved to have seen, Marilyn and Dino in "Something's Got to Give".

Thank you for the blogging tips. I may have to switch..


Desiree said...

Love Doris so much.... I started just adoring her so much through her music. I had so many of her songs and was always singing them... I think that was in high school. But it was only in recent years that I discovered her films. I love her comedies so much. I've seen all with Rock Hudson and they are definitely the best team :) Pillow Talk has long been one of my favorites and if it was on TV, no matter what point, I would stick around to watch it. I also really loved her film Please Don't Eat the Daisies with David Niven! :)

Anonymous said...

Desiree, I'm also a big fan of the Doris Day film, Please Don't Eat the Daisies. I saw it for the first time a couple of years ago, loved it so much.. I added it to my ever growing DVD collection.



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