Warner Bros. salutes Doris Day in new ‘Silver Screen Icons’ DVD seriesOctober 22, 2017 No Comments
Doris Day is one of the Hollywood stars that Warner Bros. Entertainment celebrate in their new series of Region 1 DVD sets of all-time great ‘Silver Screen Icons’. Other stars featured in this nicely packaged & affordable DVD series are Cary Grant, James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Judy Garland & James Stewart.
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Films included in the ‘Silver Screen Icons: Doris Day’ DVD set are:
- ROMANCE ON THE HIGH SEAS (1948)
In 1947, Doris Day began filming for this charming movie. This was her film debut and her first picture for Warner Brothers. What we have here is a married couple that suspects each other of fooling around. When the husband announces he can’t join his wife on a planned ocean cruise she then hires a nightclub singer Georgia Garrett (Doris Day) to masquerade as her on the trip. The wife then stays behind to spy on her husband. Confused? There’s more…hubby then hires a detective Peter Virgil (Jack Carson) to keep an eye on his wife which in reality is the stand in. Thanks to the directing skills of Michael Curtiz the plot moves along smoothly. These improbabilities become rather believable. Honestly!
- CALAMITY JANE (1953)
This lively musical film is set in the heart of Deadwood (Dakota Territory). It tells the tale of the tumultuous relationship between tomboy Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok (Howard Keel). Although Calamity was usually so darn occupied with fighting Indians and cracking a bullwhip she slowly but surely begins to change her high-stepping tune and fall for her biggest rival. Calamity Jane has to be one of Doris’s best known and most loved characters. Generations have been enchanted by this magical film with its timeless Oscar nominated score by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster. It also contains Doris’s million-selling single #SecretLove which won her an Academy Award.
- LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME (1955)
This is the true story about the life of torch singer Ruth Etting (Doris Day) and her evil-tempered husband Martin Snyder (James Cagney) [the man who orchestrated Etting’s climb to stardom]. This dramatic film focuses on her troubled relationship with the feared gangster Snyder. A relationship that turned her offstage life into a nightmare of violence and terror. To say this was a gritty departure from previous “Doris Day” movie roles would be an understatement. Day’s role was praised by the critics and this dramatically charged picture received an impressive six Oscar nominations that included Best Actor (James Cagney), Best Song (I’ll Never Stop Loving You), Best Motion Picture Story and Best Screenplay. Day’s movie soundtrack album also became her most successful LP staying on the American Billboard chart for a staggering 28 weeks!
- PLEASE DON’T EAT THE DAISIES (1959)
Jean Kerr’s popular book is brought to life with a surprise pairing of Doris and David Niven. Whilst the two may not seem a likely couple they do have extremely good and entertaining “on-screen” chemistry. Day plays the chic housewife and mother whilst Niven is the tyrannous theatre critic. They move with their four sons from a crowded Manhattan apartment to an old house in the country. This is 1960s family “sit-com” material done on a big-screen budget.
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