Doris Day, classic or dud?

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happy 97th! (she is two years older than we thought she was)

Two links for Doris Day's birthday: I wrote about LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME for @FilmComment , a career best for Day. Harrowing film about an abusive relationship. Two brilliant performances from Day and Cagney. #DorisDay #JamesCagney https://t.co/jpJ0eDpCFV pic.twitter.com/uZecxEbuRU

— Sheila O'Malley (@sheilakathleen) April 3, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 3 April 2019 18:54 (five months ago) link

I had no idea until this year that she had sung harmony vocals on her son Terry Melcher's version of "These Days" in 1974.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH1WSeH1KMQ

Plinka Trinka Banga Tink (Eliza D.), Wednesday, 3 April 2019 19:04 (five months ago) link

92 in 2016, 97 today wow the years do go by quicker the older you get

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 3 April 2019 19:08 (five months ago) link

somebody found a birth cert, I think

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 3 April 2019 19:15 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

Have only seen 5 of her films, incredibly. Head and shoulders among those are The Man Who Knew Too Much and Love Me or Leave Me; after that I'd go with The Pajama Game, then Pillow Talk.

Just reserved Calamity Jane (set in Deadwood!) and Lover Come Back.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 13 May 2019 14:35 (four months ago) link

Have also heard good things about Midnight Lace, a thriller she made in 1960:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnight_Lace

Ward Fowler, Monday, 13 May 2019 14:44 (four months ago) link

I like The Thrill of It All w/James Garner

Josefa, Monday, 13 May 2019 14:58 (four months ago) link

Love Me or Leave Me is a minor masterpiece, by my estimation.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 May 2019 15:00 (four months ago) link

Her 1975 semi-autobiography Her Own Story is incredible and may give the reader a completely different perspective on her life

Josefa, Monday, 13 May 2019 15:08 (four months ago) link

Despite the often awful material she accepted (not that she had other options), I found her the most intelligent person in them; there's a no-nonsense vigor she projects, which at worst hardened into the inflexibility that later generations would smirk at. I would love to have seen her acting in her sixties or seventies.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 May 2019 15:20 (four months ago) link

xp Art Pepper’s fantastic Straight Life also gives a very different portrait from their day’s touring together, pre-girl next door Hollywood.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Monday, 13 May 2019 15:29 (four months ago) link

My favorite Doris movie is Send Me No Flowers; my wife, a devoted fan, says the best is Calamity Jane.

Any recommendations for Doris on record? I've heard one compilation of early material that was pretty swinging.

Brad C., Monday, 13 May 2019 15:40 (four months ago) link

The stuff with the Les Brown orchestra is all great, the entirety of which is available in a two-disc set

Josefa, Monday, 13 May 2019 15:46 (four months ago) link

RIP Doris Day. This is one of my favorite numbers from THE PAJAMA GAME, which is just phenomenal: https://t.co/VS0oToEae6

— Peter Labuza (@labuzamovies) May 13, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 13 May 2019 19:42 (four months ago) link

I am no fan of musicals, but the songs from Calamity Jane have been lurking in my subconscious for thirty years or so, and for good reason.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 13 May 2019 20:03 (four months ago) link

outstanding AO Scott analysis of Doris' persona in NYT today, dispenses with that "wholesome" nonsense

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 16:21 (four months ago) link

Sheila O'Malley too.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 16:47 (four months ago) link

Calamity Jane is a cute variation on Annie Get Your Gun -- the songs are nowhere near as good, of course, including "Secret Love" -- but there's the inevitable disappointment when Jane turns girly.

Allyn Ann McLerie, as her rival, was big on Broadway right after the war, and I remember her as a very funny acerbic secretary on "The Tony Randall Show" (1976-78).

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 26 May 2019 14:07 (three months ago) link

“Secret Love” has become a standard, but I still haven’t come around to really liking it.

TS The Students vs The Regents (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 May 2019 14:12 (three months ago) link

me neither, but DD sells it

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 26 May 2019 14:16 (three months ago) link

Allyn Ann McLerie
Don’t remember her on The Tony Randall Show. Do remember Rachel Roberts though.

TS The Students vs The Regents (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 May 2019 14:17 (three months ago) link

yes!

Redford and Syd Pollack used McLerie a lot... All the President's Men, Jeremiah Johnson, They Shoot Horses...

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 26 May 2019 14:19 (three months ago) link

TCM is airing Calamity Jane in June along with some other Day titles. I'm curious about it, but I'm also in the middle of a Deadwood re-watch (in anticipation of the movie) and I suspect that the contrast between Day's portrayal of the character and Robin Weight's would be...jarring.

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Sunday, 26 May 2019 15:53 (three months ago) link

*Weigert

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Sunday, 26 May 2019 15:58 (three months ago) link

Day is fairly close to that for the first 2/3 of the film... close as she can get anyway

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 26 May 2019 16:21 (three months ago) link

I rewatched Midnight Lace last week. Dreary woman-endangered stuff, a sub Sorry, Worry Number. Rex Harrison looks pickled.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 26 May 2019 18:17 (three months ago) link

And that was before he and Rachel Roberts got married.

TS The Students vs. The Regents (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 May 2019 18:26 (three months ago) link

exactly

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 26 May 2019 18:29 (three months ago) link

Tbh neither one of them came off too well in Me Cheeta.

TS The Students vs. The Regents (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 May 2019 19:59 (three months ago) link

Also have been thinking that the guy who wrote the lyrics for “Secret Love” also wrote the well-known set of lyrics in bold here

TS The Students vs. The Regents (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 May 2019 20:09 (three months ago) link

Doris Day played Annie Oakley in a TV production of of Annie Get Your Gun. Robert Goulet plays Buffalo Bill. Soundtrack is hokey compared to other versions but still good because of Doris. (Best version is the Kim Criswell Broadway version from early 90s imo.)

everything, Sunday, 26 May 2019 21:54 (three months ago) link

Lover Come Back is more bizarre than funny, but it gets full credit for slipping the Production Code a mickey. Pretty queer with Rock, Tony Randall and Ann B Davis on hand.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 1 June 2019 15:17 (three months ago) link

when DD discovers Rock's deception, she does a great quadruple take

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 1 June 2019 15:27 (three months ago) link

I just got done with the "You Must Remember This" Manson season. Among the things I learned was how discreetly important Martin Melcher's death in '68 was to what happened afterward: Terry Melcher discovers his step-father's mis-management of his mother's finances, moves himself and then-girlfriend Candice Bergen out of Cielo Drive and into Malibu so he can be close to Day and try to fix the mess, conveniently ghosting Manson in the process, and allowing Polanski and Tate to move in at their old address.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 1 June 2019 15:50 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

Pillow Talk would trigger many snowflakes...

Tony Randall *slaps* DD. Both he and Rock get their comeuppances.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 4 August 2019 01:49 (one month ago) link

/Lover Come Back/ is more bizarre than funny, but it gets full credit for slipping the Production Code a mickey. Pretty queer with Rock, Tony Randall and Ann B Davis on hand.

Wait, Tony Randall? Love, Sidney?

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 August 2019 01:59 (one month ago) link

c'mon, you know he was the third wheel in those movies? He rose to fame in the '50s on TV's "Mr Peepers" (starring Wally Cox).

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 4 August 2019 06:38 (one month ago) link

Of course I knew that. I thought you were intimating that Love, Sidney hit closer to home than I had realized.

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 August 2019 06:53 (one month ago) link

well, the Randall widow says they had a very healthy sex life, and that TR always thought of himself as a paragon of heterosexuality.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 4 August 2019 07:29 (one month ago) link

Probably true. Thought I heard some story that when they were casting Gloria Unger and he first saw Janis Hansen he said “only Felix would divorce that!”

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 August 2019 07:44 (one month ago) link

btw Pillow Talk was directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt's grandfather, Michael Gordon

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 11:47 (one month ago) link


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