Doris Day filmography
The filmography of American actress Doris Day consists of 39 feature films released between 1948 and 1968. She began her career as a band singer and eventually won the female lead in a Warner Bros. film Romance on the High Seas (1948) replacing Betty Hutton. She went on to star in several minor musicals for Warners, including Tea for Two (1950), Lullaby of Broadway (1951), April in Paris (1952), By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953), and a hit musical Calamity Jane, which gave her an Academy Award winning song "Secret Love" in (1953). She ended her contract with Warner after filming Young at Heart (1954) with Frank Sinatra.
Day then campaigned for more dramatic parts. Her portrayal of singer Ruth Etting in Love Me or Leave Me (1955) with James Cagney, was well received by critics and was a box office hit. However, her follow-up films, Alfred Hitchcock's remake of The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Andrew L. Stone's Julie (1956), and George Abbott and Stanley Donen's film version of The Pajama Game (1957) were less successful among the critics and the public alike.
Day's star attained greater heights with the success of Pillow Talk in 1959, alongside Rock Hudson and Tony Randall. She, Hudson, and Randall were later teamed for Lover Come Back (1961) and Send Me No Flowers (1964). In 1960, Day ranked #1 at the box office. She reached #1 at the box office again in 1962 and stayed there until 1964. Day went on to star in several other romantic comedies, including That Touch of Mink (1962) with Cary Grant, The Thrill of It All, and Move Over, Darling (both 1963), both with James Garner. However, after the failure of Do Not Disturb in 1965 and being labeled "The World's Oldest Virgin", Day's film career began to decline. She last ranked as a top ten box office star in 1966 with the hit film The Glass Bottom Boat. Her final films The Ballad of Josie, Caprice (both 1967), Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?, and her final film With Six You Get Eggroll (both 1968) were critical flops, but achieved reasonable success at the box office.
When her film career ended, Day's star retained with her situation comedy The Doris Day Show (1968–1973), which ran for five seasons and 128 episodes and several other television appearances throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Due to her love of animals, Day launched another television series, Doris Day's Best Friends (1985–1986), which ran for 26 episodes. She was an honoree at The 50th Annual Grammy Awards in 2008 and was last seen in archive footage in a 2009 documentary What a Difference a Day Made: Doris Day Superstar.
|1948||Romance on the High Seas||Georgia Garrett||Her feature film debut. Co-starring Jack Carson. Song "It's Magic" nominated for an Oscar.|
|1949||My Dream Is Yours||Martha Gibson||Co-starring Jack Carson.|
|It's a Great Feeling||Judy Adams||Co-starring Jack Carson and Dennis Morgan; with Errol Flynn, Joan Crawford, Edward G. Robinson, Sydney Greenstreet, Gary Cooper, Jane Wyman, Patricia Neal, Danny Kaye, Eleanor Parker.|
|1950||Young Man with a Horn||Jo Jordan||Her first dramatic role. Co-starring Kirk Douglas and Lauren Bacall.|
|Tea for Two||Nanette Carter||Co-starring Gordon MacRae.
Adaptation of Broadway musical No, No, Nanette
|The West Point Story||Jan Wilson||Co-starring James Cagney|
|1951||Storm Warning||Lucy Rice||Co-starring Ronald Reagan, Ginger Rogers and Steve Cochran|
|Lullaby of Broadway||Melinda Howard||Co-starring Gene Nelson|
Marjorie "Marjie" Winfield
|Co-starring Gordon MacRae
Based on the Penrod stories by Booth Tarkington.
|I'll See You in My Dreams||Grace LeBoy Kahn||Co-starring Danny Thomas|
|Starlift||Herself||Her name appeared first in the on-screen credits.|
|1952||The Winning Team||Aimee Alexander||Co-starring Ronald Reagan|
|April in Paris||Ethel "Dynamite" Jackson||Co-starring Ray Bolger|
|1953||By the Light of the
|Marjorie "Marjie" Winfield||Co-starring Gordon MacRae
A sequel to On Moonlight Bay.
|Calamity Jane||Calamity Jane||Co-starring Howard Keel
Introduced Academy Award-winning song Secret Love
|1954||Lucky Me||Candy Williams||Co-starring Robert Cummings and Phil Silvers|
|Young at Heart||Laurie Tuttle||Co-starring Frank Sinatra|
|1955||Love Me or Leave Me||Ruth Etting||Co-starring James Cagney|
|1956||Josephine "Jo" McKenna||Co-starring James Stewart. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Introduced Academy Award-winning song Que Sera, Sera
|Julie||Julie Benton||Thriller co-starring Louis Jordan|
|1957||The Pajama Game||
Katherine "Babe" Williams
|Co-starring John Raitt. Adaptation of Broadway musical|
|1958||Teacher’s Pet||Erica Stone||Co-starring Clark Gable|
|The Tunnel of Love||Isolde Poole||Co-starring Richard Widmark
Golden Globe and Laurel nominations for
Best Motion Picture Actress - Comedy/Musical
|1959||It Happened to Jane||Jane Osgood||Co-starring Jack Lemmon and Ernie Kovacs|
|Pillow Talk||Jan Morrow||Her first film with Rock Hudson.
Academy Award-nominated for Best Actress.
Golden Globe Award-nominated for Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy. Laurel Award for best female comedy performance.
|1960||Please Don’t Eat
|Kate Robinson Mackay||Co-starring David Niven|
|Midnight Lace||Kit Preston||Thriller co-starring Rex Harrison
Golden Globe and Laurel Award nominations for Best Motion Picture Actress - Drama
|1961||Lover Come Back||Carol Templeton||Her second film with Rock Hudson. Laurel Award for best female comedy performance.|
|1962||That Touch of Mink||Cathy Timberlake||Co-starring Cary Grant Won Laurel Award for best female comedy performance.|
|Billy Rose’s Jumbo||Kitty Wonder||Adaptation of Broadway musical
Golden Globe Award-nominated for Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy
|1963||The Thrill of It All||Beverly Boyer||Co-starring James Garner|
|Move Over, Darling||Ellen Wagstaff Arden||Co-starring James Garner. Remake of My Favorite Wife (1940).
Initiated as Marilyn Monroe's unfinished film Something's Got to Give.
Golden Globe Award-nominated for Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy
|1964||Send Me No Flowers||Judy Kimball||Her third and last film with Rock Hudson. Won the Laurel Award for best female comedy performance.|
|1965||Do Not Disturb||Janet Harper||Co-starring Rod Taylor|
|1966||The Glass Bottom Boat||Jennifer Nelson||Co-starring Rod Taylor. Nominated for Laurel Award, best female comedy performance.|
|1967||The Ballad of Josie||Josie Minick||Co-starring Peter Graves and George Kennedy|
|Caprice||Patricia Foster||Co-starring Richard Harris|
|1968||Where Were You When
the Lights Went Out?
|Margaret Garrison||Laurel Award nomination for best female comedy performance.|
|With Six You Get Eggroll||Abby McClure||Co-starring Brian Keith, with George Carlin, Jamie Farr; her last film. Laurel Award nomination for best female comedy performance.|
Box Office Ranking
Exhibitors voted Day among the most popular stars in the country:
- 1951 - 9th (US)
- 1952 - 7th (US), 9th (UK)
- 1953 - 11th (US), 9th (UK)
- 1954 - 18th (US), 8th (UK)
- 1955 - 14th (US), 4th (UK)
- 1956 - 12th (US), 6th (UK)
- 1957 - 17th (US)
- 1958 - 15th (US)
- 1959 - 4th (US)
- 1960 - 1st (US)
- 1961 - 3rd (US)
- 1962 - 1st (US), 6th (UK)
- 1963 - 1st (US)
- 1964 - 1st (US)
- 1965 - 3rd (US)
- 1966 - 8th (US)
- The 21st Annual Academy Awards (1949; TV special)
- Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Night Life (1952; short)
- Screen Snapshots: Hollywood on the Ball (1952; short)
- So You Want a Television Set (cameo) (1953; short)
- A Star Is Born World Premiere (1954; short)
- What's My Line? (1954; mystery guest)
- The Ed Sullivan Show (1956; 2 episodes)
- What's My Line? (1957; mystery guest)
- The 30th Annual Academy Awards (1958, co-presenter; TV special)
- This Is Music (1958; 1 episode)
- The 31st Annual Academy Awards (1959, co-presenter; TV special)
- The 32nd Annual Academy Awards (1960, co-presenter/nominee; TV special)
- Every Girl's Dream (1966; short)
- The Doris Day Show (1968-1973; 128 episodes) Golden Globe nomination.
- The Merv Griffin Show (1970; 1 episode)
- The Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff Special (1971; TV special)
- The Pet Set (1971; 1 episode)
- The Merv Griffin Show (1973; 1 episode)
- The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1973; 1 episode)
- AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Cagney (1974; TV special)
- The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1974; 1 episode)
- The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1975; 1 episode)
- Doris Day Today (1975; TV movie)
- Doris Day's Best Friends (1985–1986; 26 episodes)
- The 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1989, winner; TV special)
- Doris Day: A Sentimental Journey (1991; TV documentary)
- Vicki! (1993, 1 episode)
- Homeward Bound (1994; TV documentary)
- Don't Pave Main Street: Carmel's Heritage (1994, Narrator; documentary)
- The Doris Day Story: Everybody's Darling (1998; TV special)
- A&E Biography: Doris Day (1998, archive footage)
- The 50th Annual Grammy Awards (2008, honoree; TV special)
- What a Difference a Day Made: Doris Day Superstar (2009, voice only; documentary)
- Kaufman, David (2008). Doris Day: The Untold Story of the Girl Next Door. New York: Virgin Books. ISBN 978-1-905264-30-8.
- Santopietro, Tom (2007). Considering Doris Day. Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press. Emphasis is more on body of work than on her personal life.