Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960) - Rotten Tomatoes

Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960)




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In this entertaining comedy by Charles Walters, everyone seems to get in on the act, even the dog and especially the four overactive kids in a wildly challenging family. David Niven co-stars with Doris Day as Lawrence and Kate Mackay, distinctive parents struggling with home, life, and family. Lawrence opts for leaving his job teaching at Columbia University in New York for a post as a drama critic for a Gotham newspaper, bringing new problems to the pile the family already owns. First, they are forced to move out -- far out -- to the countryside with their brood and canine. And next, while Kate handles home, hearth, and hellions, Lawrence proceeds to alienate one of his best friends with a shattering review. That unhappy beginning to his new career also brings in one of the actresses damaged by his cutting remarks (Janis Paige), who wreaks her own form of havoc on poor Lawrence. In the meantime, Day gets to sing some songs which add to the light-hearted attitude of it all. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Kids & Family, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Isobel Lennart
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 26, 2005


David Niven
as Larry Mackay
Doris Day
as Kate Mackay
Janis Paige
as Deborah Vaughn
Spring Byington
as Suzie Robinson
Richard Haydn
as Alfred North
Jack Weston
as Joe Positano
John Harding
as Rev. Dr. McQuarry
Margaret Lindsay
as Mona James
Charles Herbert
as David Mackay
Stanley Livingston
as Gabriel MacKay
Flip Mark
as George MacKay
Baby Gellert
as Adam Mackay
Carmen Phillips
as Mary Smith
Mary Patton
as Mrs. Hunter
Marina Koshetz
as Jane March
Geraldine Wall
as Dr. Sprouk
Kathryn Card
as Miss Yule
Donald Foster
as Justin Winters
Irene Tedrow
as Mrs. Greenfield
Madge Blake
as Mrs. Kilkinny
Peter Leeds
as Larry's Secretary
Joe Cronin
as Pianist
Burt Douglas
as Young Man
John Brennan
as Young Man
Guy Stockwell
as Young Man
Len Lesser
as Waiter
Wilson Wood
as Photographer
Charles Seel
as Upholstery Man
Frank Wilcox
as Interviewer
Milton Frome
as Gus the Waiter
Jhean Burton
as Actress
Charles Coburn
as J.B. Merlin
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Critic Reviews for Please Don't Eat the Daisies

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | June 26, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Doris Day's fluffy comedy, made at the height of her popularity, is based on Jean Kerr (married to film critic Walter Kerr), and co-stars a smooth David Niven as her husband.

Full Review… | August 7, 2010

Enjoyable romantic comedy suffers from excess length.

May 24, 2006
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Cute little flick, and it has absolutely nothing to do with daisies.

Full Review… | May 14, 2005

It's so ho-hum, it's hard to stay awake through it. And the title? One of the Mackay kids eats the daisies at the new house. Somehow, in the book that seemed a lot funnier.

Full Review… | April 14, 2005
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Please Don't Eat the Daisies

I loved the way Doris Day could let you know she's angry and let you have it...and still be a lady. Her comedy at it's best.

In all fairness I just don't like David Niven, but the movie itself isn't too bad, Doris does a great job as always.

Keisha Hosler

Well, pretty boring and plotless, I thought. It had a bunch of songs put in just so she could sing, and most of them didn't make any sense in the context of the movie. But at least I've seen Doris Day in something now.

Bethany M

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