Please Don't Eat the Daisies (film)

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This article is about the film. For the book, see Please Don't Eat the Daisies. For the TV series, see Please Don't Eat the Daisies (TV series).
Please Don't Eat the Daisies
Please Don't Eat the Daisies poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Charles Walters
Produced by Joe Pasternak
Screenplay by Isobel Lennart
Based on Please Don't Eat The Daisies
1957 essays 
by Jean Kerr
Starring Doris Day
David Niven
Janis Paige
Richard Haydn
Spring Byington
Music by David Rose
Cinematography Robert J. Bronner
Edited by John McSweeney Jr.
Euterpe Inc.
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
March 31, 1960
Running time
112 min
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,775,000[1]
Box office $7,050,000[1]

Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960) is a Metrocolor comedy film in CinemaScope starring Doris Day and David Niven, made by Euterpe Inc., and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The movie was directed by Charles Walters and produced by Joe Pasternak, with Martin Melcher (Day's husband) as associate producer.

The screenplay, partly inspired by the book of the same name by Jean Kerr, a collection of humorous essays, was by Isobel Lennart.

The film also features Janis Paige, Spring Byington, Richard Haydn, Patsy Kelly, and Jack Weston. Spring Byington made her final film appearance in this film, but appeared in TV shows later.

A television series starring Patricia Crowley and Mark Miller premiered five years later and ran for 58 episodes.

Plot summary[edit]

Lawrence Larry Mackay (David Niven) and his wife Kate (Doris Day), parents struggling with home, life, and family.[2]



According to MGM records the film earned $5,150,000 in the US and Canada and $1.9 million elsewhere, resulting in a profit of $1,842,000.[1]

References in other media[edit]

"Please Don't Eat the Daisies" is played in the background of the beginning of the Liam Kyle Sullivan internet music videos "Shoes" and "Text Message Break-up".


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
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  3. ^ Los Angeles Times Staff and Wire Reports. "Carmen Phillips, 65; Movie and TV Actress, Animal Rights Activist". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 

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