Wednesday, June 4, 2008

My Favorite Doris Day Movies

I'll be honest, I certainly haven't seen every Doris Day movie. I just don't really enjoy the early ones. But of the ones I've seen, these are my favorites:

-The Pajama Game. This one's just ok. It's a musical, so that's a plus, but Doris kind of freaks me out in it. Plus, her name is Babe. Plus, most of the songs are pretty cheezy. But for some reason, it's the only Doris movie I've actually written about on this blog.

-That Touch of Mink. First things first, Cary Grant is in this movie. That's important. Also the woman from the Honeymooners plays Doris's roommate. Anyway, the movie is good, Cary is cute of course. There are some funny moments and plenty of 60's sexual innuendos, if you go in for that sort of thing.

-Send Me No Flowers. Rock Hudson. That's all I really need to say. In this one they're married, which makes it a little less interesting than the others (more on those soon), but it's still pretty hilarious. Rock is a hypochondriac who thinks he's dying and attempts to find a nice man to marry Doris when he bites the dust. Lots of confusion and lots of good times.

-Move Over Darling. This one's a remake of an amazing film called My Favorite Wife starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunn. Honestly, I prefer the original but Doris's version is great too. Mostly because it stars the dreamy James Garner. The best part is James trying to get out of actually sleeping with his new wife, Bianca. She's really annoying.

-Pillow Talk. The historic, very first Rock Hudson/Doris Day film. It's great because it features a womanizing Rock Hudson, a party line, and a doctor that thinks Rock is pregnant. There's an amazing song in this one, Roly Poly. I think you have to just hear it to truly understand how incredible it is. This is also the first film to feature what I call the "pre-sex song." This is the song that Doris sings while she's contemplating/getting ready for/feeling guilty about the prospect of having sex with her leading man. Typically, it's a terrible song and I almost always fast forward over it. But still, it's an integral part of many Doris Day pictures.

-The Thrill of It All. A powerful commentary on working moms and the suffering their families endure as a result of their soap commercial jobs. James Garner is in this one again, and again, looks rather dashing. It's a good one.

-The Glass Bottom Boat. This one stars Rod Tayler (of The Birds fame), playing a scientist who courts Doris after he accidentally strips her of the mermaid suit she's wearing while swimming around beneath her father's glass bottom boat. His NASA buddies soon come to believe she's a spy and madness ensues. This one features lots of ridiculous 60's futuristic gadgets, none of which actually exist today. It also includes a pre-sex song.

-Lover Come Back. I think this is my favorite. It's probably one of the dumbest, but for some reason I love it. Doris plays an advertising exec trying to land the "Vip" account—a product that Rock Hudson, a fellow advertising exec, made commercials for even though it doesn't exist. She ends up basically courting Rock, whom she believes to be the scientist that invented this Vip, and ends up singing her pre-sex song after Rock plays the "no one will ever love me" card, and she feels the need to show him how much of a man he really is.

So there you go. I highly suggest watching all of these movies. And I've come to realize that I really only watch Doris Day movies for the handsome men that star in them.

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