Do Not Disturb (1965 film)

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Do Not Disturb
Do Not Disturb 1965 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ralph Levy
George Marshall
Produced by Martin Melcher
Aaron Rosenberg
Written by William Fairchild (play)
Screenplay by Richard L. Breen
Milt Rosen
Starring Doris Day
Rod Taylor
Music by Lionel Newman
Alexander Courage
Cinematography Leon Shamroy
Edited by Robert L. Simpson
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) December 22, 1965 (1965-12-22)
Running time 102 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3.89 million[1]
Box office $8,000,000[2]

Do Not Disturb is a DeLuxe Color CinemaScope (1965) romantic comedy film directed by Ralph Levy, starring Doris Day and Rod Taylor as Janet and Mike Harper, a married couple who relocate to England when Mike is transferred by the company for whom he works.[3]

Plot[edit]

American couple Mike and Janet Harper (Rod Taylor and Doris Day) move to England for Mike's work, his company which deals in wool textiles and wool fashions. Despite Mike's want for them to live in a flat in the heart of London, Janet, who is not a big city girl, ignores his want and instead finds them a house to rent thirty miles outside of London in Kent, which means that Mike has to commute into town by train. This commute is not ideal for Mike, who often for convenience stays in one of the company's flats in town rather than go home. This commuting situation makes Janet feel even more neglected than she already did previously.

Janet believes Mike may be taking his neglect to the next level by having an affair with his secretary quickly turned assistant, Claire Hackett (Maura McGiveney). Janet's beliefs are fueled in part by the Harper's busybody landlady, Vanessa Courtwright (Hermione Baddeley), who thinks Janet can play Mike's game by entering into an affair of her own, whether it be real or made-up. It has the potential to be real with the arrival onto the scene of Frenchman Paul Bellari (Sergio Fantoni), an antiques dealer and decorator who Janet hires to decorate the house. Although neither Mike or Janet had any initial thoughts of cheating on the other, Claire and Paul may have thoughts of their own, especially when Claire with Mike, and Paul with Janet, are thrown into one compromising position after another, which in and of themselves could potentially break up the Harper's marriage regardless.[4]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

During filming Ralph Levy fell down with a virus and George Marshall had to step in as director. This caused the film to finish behind schedule.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p254
  2. ^ "Do Not Disturb, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.allmovie.com/work/do-not-disturb-89625
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059112/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl
  5. ^ Stephen Vagg, Rod Taylor: An Aussie in Hollywood (BearManor Media, 2010) p. 114

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