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Musiclover and Renie, you are both correct. The father was part of the script in Caprice. You might recall in an earlier quiz, Howard asked the question about Arthur Godfrey appearing in which two Doris Day films. The question was very well phrased by Howard since Godfrey was shown only in a newspaper photo discussing his murder. When I first saw Caprice I thought the idea of showing Godfrey's photo was very clever being that he had just appeared as Doris's father in Glass Bottom Boat. At this point it appears that Musiclover is the winner of this quiz; that is unless Renie comes up with another "father." Thanks for your participation and
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Renie, do let us know if you find another "father."

I have a quiz question in mind, Texas, but should I wait until next Sunday to post it?

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I cannot find it. I felt sure that Doris, in one of her roles we haven't mentioned, spoke of her father as having been a janitor and that she had gone from humble beginnings to a much better life.

I'm done looking for it.

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Musiclover, go ahead and post another quiz. Can't miss out on how fun these quizzes are.
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A pair of successful songwriters, noted especially for their work at Disney studios, wrote the title song for an album Doris recorded in the early 1960s. Name the two songwriters and the title song.

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Musiclover, let me take a stab at your quiz question since nobody else has. I believe there are actually two songs from two separate early sixties which qualify for the answer. They are "I Have Dreamed" and "You'll Never Walk Alone". Both were written by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II.
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Good observation about Rodgers & Hammerstein's two title songs, but that's not the answer I had in mind. This duo's popularity was a result of working in films rather than, as R & H, on stage originally. Keep trying!

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Was it "Bright and Shiny" by brothers Bob & Dick Sherman, who also wrote songs for Mary Poppins and The Jungle Book?
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Right you are, Bryan. Your turn next.

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Oh great! Just give me a short time to think about it.
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Okay, I'm looking for a list of stalwart support actors/actresses who have appeared with Doris in her films and have added that something extra that has generally been recognised - even if only by you!

Some have appeared several times, others only once. I could easily give you an example but that would rule that person out and I'm interested in who you think are in that category.

I guess we could call it Name Doris' Star Support Actors/Actresses. (I still have a problem with calling actresses, actors, Call me old fashioned but it seems just PC rough-riding over a lovely word that in my mind makes women who act sound sexless!).
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S. Z. Sakall, Mary Wickes, Thelma Ritter, Billy DeWolfe and Billy Gray are the ones that come to mind immediately. Gene Nelson was also in a support role in Tea For Two and the West Point Story.

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How could I forget Allyn Anne McClerie and Eddie Foy, Jr., and Eve Arden of "the pillow over her head fame."

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Great start, I wondered if anyone would mention S. Z. Sakall. (Not to forget the actress who played his wife in "Lullaby of Broadway!) It will be interesting who others remember - but carry on Renie - there are quite a few!
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A fun topic, Bryan. I tried to limit my choices to 10, but ended up with 15 instead. Here’s my list:

OSCAR LEVANT in “Romance on the High Seas” added great musical talent, and I also liked the wry way he always delivered his lines.

S. Z. SAKALL played such a funny, befuddled character in “Romance . . .” and in “My Dream is Yours,” “Tea for Two” and “Lullaby of Broadway” as well.

BILLY de WOLFE overacted (or was over-directed?) in “Tea for Two” and “Lullaby of Broadway” in my opinion, but in DD’s television series his performances really tickled me.

EVE ARDEN in “My Dream is Yours” and “Tea for Two” almost stole the shows with her deadpan delivery; she was such a fine comedienne.

MARY WICKES (“On Moonlight Bay,” “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” “By the Light of the Silvery Moon,” “It Happened to Jane” and an episode of DD’s television series) was another actress with talent akin to Eve Arden’s. *

ROBERT KEITH in “Young at Heart” and “Love Me or Leave Me” was so believable as DD’s father and agent, respectively. I thought both portrayals were very solid.

CAROL HANEY in “Pajama Game” just lit up the screen with her terrific dancing ability.

ERNIE KOVACS’s portrayal in “It Happened to Jane” was so good; I really disliked his character for most of the film. Who knew that a comedian could behave as such a rat?

THELMA RITTER’s performances were always so strong (nominated a cumulative 15 times for Oscars, an Emmy, Golden Globes, and Laurel awards without a single win? Shame on the voters). I loved her natural chemistry with Doris in “Pillow Talk” and “Move Over, Darling.”

SPRING BYINGTON in “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” was just great in every scene. That lady really knew the art of being believable (and a bit ditzy) on the screen.

RODDY MacDOWELL in “Midnight Lace” was so good as an oily, manipulative little bugger.

TONY RANDALL: Of his 3 films with DD and Rock Hudson, I thought he was funniest in “Lover, Come Back” – but he was very funny in the others, too. Who can imagine those films without him?

EDWARD ANDREWS really added to the humor in “The Thrill of It All,” “Send Me No Flowers,” “Glass Bottom Boat” and also in DD’s television series.
DICK MARTIN really cracked me up in “Glass Bottom Boat.” Loved his expressive face and genial demeanor.

GEORGE KENNEDY’s character was so odious in “Ballad of Josie” and he portrayed it very well.


* Mary Wickes’s biographer, Steve Taravella, wrote that Lucille Ball and Doris were the only two actresses with whom she had a warm, comfortable, and close personal relation-ship.

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That was a good read, Judy - with a few giggles thrown in. You certainly know your DD's supporting players. That effort will be hard to beat - but there are still many unnamed so far. Thank you - it's about time these people were praised again by us, they played such a large part in making Doris' films memorable.
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I thought of some more: Hans Conried; Gig Young; James Gleason; Paul Lynde; Martha Raye; Frank Lovejoy; and Dom DeLuise (who I met at a health food store in West Los Angeles many years ago.)

Bryan: in your original quiz question you said you were looking for a list of these people. If you had wanted more, I wish I had known that. It seems unfair for you to say "that effort will be hard to beat" regarding all that Musiclover wrote.

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Here's one that may be quite easy for all of you....What famous people lived on Crescent Drive around Doris? One has special meaning...
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Sorry Renie, I didn't mean to be unfair. I wasn't asking for lists as such, just names. I thought there would be a lot more mentioned. Never mind, we seem to have run out of time so perhaps musiclover could set the next week's question, if that's okay with you Renie?

If anyone knows the answer to Mary Anne's question I suggest you answer it alongside the next set weekly question.
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Re: Mary Anne's question, Dinah Shore's home was very near DD's but not on Crescent, I think; however, Louis Jourdan lived across the street on Crescent Drive. Actress Doris Kenyon, for whom DD was named, also lived on the same street.

New question: Immediately after joining Les Brown's band and until the end of October, 1940, Doris sang multiple times in New York before the largest audiences she had performed for up to then. At what venue was she singing? (It was not Madison Square Garden.)

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Most likely it was at the Cafe Rouge, Hotel Pennsylvania in New York where Doris enjoyed her biggest crowds. When someone is that popular, the venue would have you back several times. Doris sang there about 10 times.
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Texas, another good answer -- but the Cafe Rouge audiences, large as they were, were many times smaller than those at the venue I am thinking about. Keep trying!

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Music Lover, you are right - Doris Kenyon was the 'special' one - Louis Jordan lived across the street.
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Musiclover, I should have paid more attention to the October 1940 date you gave. This coincides with her appearance in New Rochelle, New York. My answer is the Glen Island casino as the venue with the large audiences (including radio listeners.)
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Texas, you're right that the date is a critical clue. It wasn't the Glen Island casino, though. I'm not including radio listeners, just large live audiences. Hint: Although this wasn't originally a sports venue, the same general area now is the site of an important annual tennis event. Keep trying!

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