We happened to catch "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" last night, one of those silly yet clever movies they used to make back in the early 1960's (this one is from 1960). It stars Doris Day as the glamorous "housewife" of newly- minted theater critic David Niven; if you're a fan of hers you should love this one. And of course, being a witty story about the New York theater scene back in the days when no one mentioned homosexuality despite its ever-presence, there are some great one liners designed to fly just under the radar.
Our favourite is from a scene where a committee from the local amateur thespian troupe welcomes the McKays (Doris, David and their four boys) to their new country home in Hooten. Amongst the group is a woman of masculine features dressed in gentleman ranchers' attire:
George (one of the sons): "Excuse me, are you a lady or a man?"
Kate (Doris Day): "George!"
Dr. Sprouk (the Vet): "I'm a veterinarian, sonny. It's somewhere in-between."
Ha ha! You can see her entering the scene in at the front door in the photo below:
photo courtesy Hookedonhouses.net
Enough small talk- this post's supposed to be about music, right? So here's our Ms. Day in a rather lame and completely superfluous musical number, singing the title song "Please Don't Eat the Daisies"
So, fellow thespians and veterinarians, eat well and enjoy the long weekend!