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The Comedy of Marriage
Posted May 17, 2010 to photo album "The Comedy of Marriage"
In anticipation of the release of Lisa Cholodenko’s comedy The Kids Are All Right, FilmInFocus’ Peter Bowen and Nick Dawson look at works across multiple mediums that also poke fun at the institution of marriage.
Slide 10: Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960)
In the 1950s, Doris Day was America’s sweetheart, the girl-next-door who every man wanted to marry. However, in the 1960s, Day went from playing single girls onscreen to wedded women, and revitalized her career in the process. The first of Day’s married romantic comedies was Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, which saw Day, husband David Niven and their four sons leave New York City for the adventure of countryside living. Day was the sweet-natured and unflappable mom who kept everything together when her kids or husband got into a jam, and she revisited the archetype of the loving and reliable wife again in Send Me No Flowers (1964). The Norman Jewison-helmed movie repaired Day with regular foil Rock Hudson in a light take on the rather serious subject of a husband who (wrongly) thinks he’s dying and secretly sets out to find a new husband for his widow-to-be. From the same era, Day also had audiences yukking it up as a married type in The Thrill of it All (1963), Do Not Disturb (1965) and Move Over, Darling (1963), the aforementioned remake of My Favorite Wife.