Top 10 Doris Day Movies
Considering Doris Day retired from show business back in 1973, yes some 40 years ago, it is testament to her likeability, her movies and of course her wonderful singing voice that even now she is still hugely popular. My first encounter with the movies of Doris Day came back probably in the late 70s when I first watched "Calamity Jane" and whilst the movie didn't do much for me then the spunky performance of Doris Day won me over. Since then I have watched many of her movies many times and so to celebrate the everlasting popularity of Doris here is The Movie's Scene's Top 10 Doris Day Movies.
Move Over, Darling (1963)
5 years after his wife Ellen (Doris Day) disappeared when the plane she was in crashed at sea Nicholas Arden (James Garner) not only is in court to have her legally declared dead but then immediately after marry Bianca (Polly Bergen). What Nicholas doesn't know is just as he is tying a knot again Ellen returns home having been stranded on a tropical island all this time till a Navy ship spotted her. When Ellen discovers that her Nicky has remarried she rushes to the hotel where he is honeymooning, the same one which they spent their honeymoon at to try and intervene before it is too late which certainly gives Nicky a shock when he sees her... full review
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Having been in France for a conference Dr. Ben McKenna (James Stewart), his wife Jo (Doris Day) and their son Hank (Christopher Olsen) head to Morocco for a small vacation but on the way there they meet the mysterious Louis Bernard (Daniel Gelin) who seems very interested in the American couple. The following day whilst visiting the local market with some people they met the night before they witness Bernard being killed but before dies he passes a message to Ben about an assassination attempt which will take place in London. Things get messy when Ben and Jo are questioned by the Moroccan police and in their absence their son is kidnapped by the plotters who want to force Ben to remain silent about what he knows. Fearing for Hank's life, Ben and Jo head to London to try and sort things out for themselves... full review
Young at Heart (1954)
Alex Burke (Gig Young), an eager young composer, wins over the Tuttle family including sisters Fran (Dorothy Malone), Amy (Elisabeth Fraser) and Laurie (Doris Day). And it is Laurie who wins Alex's heart the most and after a while asks her to marry him. But Alex makes a mistake as he also introduces to the Tuttle family to music arrange Barry Sloan (Frank Sinatra) who despite having a negative demeanour about him becomes very close to Laurie too... full review
By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)
After returning from War Bill (Gordon MacRae) decides that before he can marry Marjie (Doris Day) he needs to get him self a solid job and put some money by. But things become messy when first Marjie and her little brother discover a letter in their father's coat and think it is a love letter from another woman. But then Bill discovers the letter in Marjie's stuff and believes that it is a love letter sent to her by piano teacher Chester Finley (Russell Arms) who for a long time has been sweet on her... full review
On Moonlight Bay (1951)
Nearly shooting someone is not the usual way to make a good impression on a guy but that is what happened to tomboy Marjie Winfield (Doris Day) when she stopped her little brother messing about with a gun an almost shoots neighbour Bill Sherman (Gordon MacRae). Smitten with Bill who is soon to head off to college Marjie decides she needs to change and shed her tomboy ways to become more lady like. The problem is that Bill has some non traditional ideas when it comes to love and money which not only annoy Marjie but also her father who just happens to be the Vice President of the town's bank... full review
Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
Whilst dancing at a club the talented Ruth Etting (Doris Day) is spotted by Marty Snyder (James Cagney) a Chicago hood who immediately becomes obsessed with her. Having convinced Ruth to let him manage her career she becomes a ma major star and even marries him. But whilst Marty adores Ruth he is a volatile man who is quick to become angry and jealous taking it out on Ruth for the smallest of things... full review
Calamity Jane (1953)
The crowd at the Golden Garter in Deadwood are excited that Francis Fryer (Dick Wesson) has been booked to perform. But their excitement soon turns to disappointment when they discover that Francis isn't a showgirl but a bloke. So Calamity Jane (Doris Day) promises that she will head to Chicagi and return with the famous Adelaid Adams except Calamity mistakes Adelaid's maid Katie Brown (Allyn Ann McLerie) for the famous performer and takes her back to Deadwood instead. Despite the confusion Calamity and Katie becomes friends as Katie tries to turn Calamity into a lady as they have admirers in Wild Bill Hickok (Howard Keel) and Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin (Philip Carey)... full review
Young Man with a Horn (1950)
Rick Martin (Kirk Douglas) fell in love with music at a young age and set about dedicating his life to becoming a great trumpet player. Years of practice and hard work going from one band to another pays off as he becomes the great he always wanted to be whilst along the way making a loyal friend in the sweet Jo Jordan (Doris Day). But things take a turn for the worse of Rick when he meets and fall for the demanding Amy North (Lauren Bacall) whose constant demands and nagging take their toll on him... full review
With Six You Get Eggroll (1968)
Following the death of her husband not only has Abby McClure (Doris Day) raised her three sons single handed but she also runs the limber yard which her husband owned. Despite being content with her life it doesn't stop her sister Maxine (Pat Carroll) from playing match maker and sets her up with Jake Iverson (Brian Keith) who is also a widow with a teenage daughter. Despite their first date being a disaster romance blossoms even in the face of some disapproving looks from their children. But that is nothing compared to when having grown tired of sneaking around to avoid upsetting anyone they marry they then get the fall out over whose house they will live in... full review
Pillow Talk (1959)
What does an interior decorator and a composer have in common? Well in the case of Jan Morrow (Doris Day) and Brad Allen (Rock Hudson) their apartments share a party phone line. And it is not an amicable situation as Brad is a girl loving bachelor who if he isn't calling a girl they are calling him much to the displeasure of Jan as the line is always busy. Despite the animosity between them Jan and Brad have in fact never met which is why when Brad recognizes Jan's voice whilst he is in a restaurant he decides to have a bit of fun, masquerading as a Texan in order to try and chat her up... full review
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