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by jmichael
26 Feb 2006, 09:33
Forum: THE FILMS OF DORIS DAY
Topic: Move Over Darling
Replies: 146
Views: 130497

The tone of Bosley Crowther's review is a tad snarky but I have to agree that Michael Gordon's direction and the script pushed the cast overboard (no pun intended) to grab the laughs. You could see Doris, Garner and Bergen straining at times to overcome the predictablity of the story. And as others ...
by jmichael
24 Feb 2006, 09:28
Forum: THE FILMS OF DORIS DAY
Topic: Midnight Lace
Replies: 163
Views: 139065

Doris made it look so effortless and easy that many critics wrongly concluded she was just playing herself. Knowing what we do now about her troubled personal life we can see that she was anything but a consistently light hearted person who sailed through life on a smile. Over time I think critics a...
by jmichael
22 Feb 2006, 23:34
Forum: THE FILMS OF DORIS DAY
Topic: Lover Come Back
Replies: 127
Views: 112135

I go back and forth between Pillow Talk and this as my favorite comedy. On the whole I'll stick with PT but LCB has it moments and then some. First off no one fumes better than Doris on screen. She has it down to a science. Her slow burns that turn into outrage are hysterical. Her reactions at the d...
by jmichael
22 Feb 2006, 22:01
Forum: THE FILMS OF DORIS DAY
Topic: THE PAJAMA GAME
Replies: 178
Views: 152018

Lauren, Thanks so much for the compliment. Doris holds a special place in my heart for many reasons not the least of which is the fact that my mother adored her. I see many similarities in their personalities and values. I'd also like to compliment you and everyone who oversee this wonderful forum. ...
by jmichael
22 Feb 2006, 08:45
Forum: THE FILMS OF DORIS DAY
Topic: THE PAJAMA GAME
Replies: 178
Views: 152018

This is a winner from start to finish. Babe Williams in my mind is one of the sexiest and earthiest characters in her entire film career. She makes the role her own and gives it the right blend of feistiness, determination and warmth. It is quite impressive to think that Doris stepped into the role ...
by jmichael
22 Feb 2006, 08:40
Forum: THE FILMS OF DORIS DAY
Topic: Midnight Lace
Replies: 163
Views: 139065

I gave this film a "good" rating but the high end production values, the clothes and the strong ensemble cast make it an enjoyable escapist film. Doris was fine in her role although she did go over the top in a few scenes. I put the blame on the director for not reigning her in or directing her to t...
by jmichael
22 Feb 2006, 08:31
Forum: THE FILMS OF DORIS DAY
Topic: Love Me or Leave Me
Replies: 190
Views: 158401

This is my absolute favorite Doris Day film. The role of Ruth Etting was the most dramatically challenging of her career and she matched Jimmy Cagney every step of the way. It's interesting to watch how great she is opposite another stellar performer like Cagney. Her singing was absolute perfection ...
by jmichael
22 Feb 2006, 08:08
Forum: THE FILMS OF DORIS DAY
Topic: The Thrill of it All
Replies: 151
Views: 132806

The clever script by Carl Reiner plus the strong chemistry between Doris and James Garner make this one of her best comedies. Once again they surrounded Doris with a terrific supporting cast. Arlene Francis was surprisingly good (offbeat but clever casting) as was Edward Andrews and Zasu Pitts who m...
by jmichael
22 Feb 2006, 00:12
Forum: THE FILMS OF DORIS DAY
Topic: Pillow Talk
Replies: 164
Views: 148996

My mother took me to see this film. It was the first time I saw Doris on screen and it remains my favorite comedy. Looking at it now there are several scenes and attitudes that are dated but the red hot chemisty between the leads and the riotous supporting work by Tony Randall and Thelma Ritter make...
by jmichael
21 Feb 2006, 23:58
Forum: THE FILMS OF DORIS DAY
Topic: Caprice
Replies: 148
Views: 104537

It really isn't a good movie. There so much that doesn't work but still Doris makes the most of the slapstick bits and does what she can to rise above the script and her complete lack of chemistry with Richard Harris. Without her it would have been a disaster.
by jmichael
21 Feb 2006, 23:44
Forum: THE FILMS OF DORIS DAY
Topic: Romance on the High Seas
Replies: 171
Views: 107285

A spectacular debut performance from Doris. This film is a delight from start to finish and it's a textbook example of how captivating she is on screen. Of course her soaring version of "It's Magic" alone makes the film worthwhile. I also like how relaxed and comfortable she is. There's not an ounce...
by jmichael
21 Feb 2006, 23:33
Forum: THE FILMS OF DORIS DAY
Topic: Please Don't Eat the Daisies
Replies: 132
Views: 119450

One of the most likeable comedies she did. You just can't help but love the screwball characters and marvel at how smooth Doris is thoughout the entire picture. I also get a big kick out of Janis Paige ("It says here you're 29. I have been....") who is a riot. Doris gets it right in every scene espe...
by jmichael
20 Feb 2006, 10:59
Forum: THE MUSIC OF DORIS DAY
Topic: Duet
Replies: 6
Views: 7273

Just to clarify I meant that it would have been very cool for Doris to restart her recording career in later years by doing some jazz standards.
by jmichael
20 Feb 2006, 10:58
Forum: THE MUSIC OF DORIS DAY
Topic: Duet
Replies: 6
Views: 7273

Jas, yes I completely agree that Doris could have started a whole new chapter in her recording career if she had connected with the right producers and record label. Over recent years a number of young performers are giving jazz standards a spotlight that is most encouraging. Vocalists like Michael ...
by jmichael
18 Feb 2006, 12:36
Forum: THE MUSIC OF DORIS DAY
Topic: Duet
Replies: 6
Views: 7273

Duet

I know this has been discussed before but if you have not purchased this CD you are missing one of her best and most intimate recordings. These sessions with Andre Previn at her side are glorious. Plus they now have a CD with several alternate takes that add to the enjoyment factor. Doris really had...
by jmichael
18 Feb 2006, 12:19
Forum: BOOKS ABOUT DORIS DAY
Topic: new doris interview/Bark Magazine
Replies: 9
Views: 12821

Howard thanks so much for sharing this. I skimmed the article yesterday at Barnes & Noble and it is very sweet. Doris as always comes off as the real deal and completely devoted to protecting the animals. I was particularly pleased to read her emphasis on doing away with the puppy mills which are tr...