Doris Day, classic or dud?

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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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine months ago) link

*Weigert

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

exactly

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 26 May 2019 18:29 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (six 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.

Wait, Tony Randall? Love, Sidney?

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

three months pass...

That Touch of Mink is fascinating principally bcz it was clearly written as a Rock-DD entry, but Cary Grant plays Rock and Gig Young plays Tony Randall (mistaken for gay by his analyst). Cary elevates it performancewise, but the smarmy triple-entendres seem beneath him after all the Hawks and Cukor comedies. (Comedian Joey Faye even gets in a wife-belting crack.) Also, Doris and Audrey (Honeymoooners) Meadows, who is a sassy Automat staffer, are roommates in NYC, I guess playing 15 years younger than they actually were? And John Astin as a perv unemployment clerk!

These movies are so damn filthy.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 15 November 2019 01:49 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

I watched It Happened to Jane (d. Richard Quine, 1959) last night, which is OK. Doris is a smalltown Maine widow and mother who gets litigious when he shipment of lobsters dies due to railroad malfeasance (no, really). Ernie Kovacs greatly enjoying playing a villainous bald tycoon. Best scene is DD coercing Jack Lemmon into proposing to her when she's on top of a moving freight train.

Connecticut plays Maine, and young Gene Rayburn has a small role as a TV reporter.

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 12 February 2020 17:56 (two weeks ago) link

*her shipment of lobsters

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 12 February 2020 17:59 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAMY5HnL4qM

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Wednesday, 12 February 2020 20:52 (two weeks ago) link


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