An Alligator Named Daisy

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An Alligator Named Daisy
"An Alligator Named Daisy" (1955).jpg
UK theatrical poster
Directed byJ. Lee Thompson
Written byJack Davies
Charles Terrot (novel)
StarringDonald Sinden
Jeannie Carson
James Robertson Justice
Diana Dors
Stanley Holloway
CinematographyReginald H. Wyer
Edited byJohn D. Guthridge
Distributed byRank Organisation
Release date
13 December 1955
Running time
88 min
CountryUnited Kingdom

An Alligator Named Daisy is a 1955 British comedy film directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Donald Sinden, Jeannie Carson, James Robertson Justice, Diana Dors, Roland Culver and Stanley Holloway.[1][2]


Returning from a cricket match in Ireland, Peter Weston (Sinden), an Englishman, is left with a pet alligator by another passenger who abandons it to him. Horrified, his first instinct is to get rid of it as soon as possible. However, he soon develops a bond with Moira (Carson), a young Irishwoman, which appears to be centred almost entirely around the animal. He soon discovers that Daisy is very tame and domesticated, and seems to be the way to Moira's heart.

Once back in London, Weston struggles to keep Daisy under control – as she upsets his family, loses him his job at a department store and imperils his relationship with his fiancée Vanessa (Dors). He plans to get rid of Daisy, but the police and a pet shop refuse to take her so he abandons her in Regent's Park, later returning with a sense of guilt to rescue her. Owing to a mix-up, Daisy is packed along with the rest of his luggage and accompanies him to his prospective father-in-law's country house. There, Daisy escapes and causes mayhem, while the arrival of Moira's "husband" produces a surprising outcome for all of them.

Jeannie Carson sings I'm in Love for the Very First Time by Paddy Roberts. The song was an Ivor Novello Awards winner in 1956.


Critical reception[edit]

The TV Guide wrote, "This very funny film has an excellent supporting cast."[3] The New York Times found that despite "a curiously cute bit by Margaret Rutherford, as a pet-shop owner who talks to the animals in their own "language."...the joke wears thin."[4]


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  2. ^ "An Alligator Named Daisy". British Film Institute. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  3. ^ "An Alligator Named Daisy Review". Retrieved 2014-03-08.
  4. ^ A.H. WEILERDonald Sinden (1957-10-07). "Movie Review - An Alligator Named Daisy - Screen: New Best Friend; 'Alligator Named Daisy' Slithers Into Sutton". Retrieved 2014-03-08.