Doris Day

Decades before Scream made us afraid of the telephone, Midnight Lace scared Doris Day to death with the damned thing. Rex Harrison plays her loving husband, whose accent is the most frightening thing of all. It’s a truly terrifying thriller where nothing is ever clear, everyone is suspect, and Day’s character might even be making the whole thing up. Or she might be insane. That’s always an option. Everything is on the table in this incredible mystery that makes great use of its twist ending. Fortunately, the trailer dares the audience not to be fully creeped out by the first few lines.

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The voice over in this trailer is exactly the kind of thing that gets parodied today, but it’s sort of perfect for this flick. That Touch of Mink was a fairly standard romantic comedy starring Cary Grant and Doris Day. Surprisingly, Grant just wants to fool around, but Day wants to save her precious purity for marriage. The man wants something casual and the woman something serious? Unheard of! It’s a fun movie – one that Cary Grant reportedly hated.

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Most people know the song, “Que Sera, Sera,” but not as many know where it came from. Well, it wasn’t this film. It was first featured on screen in Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much with Doris Day sweetly laying it out. It became her signature song, and she had to sing it a ton. Including her co-starring role in Please Don’t Eat the Daisies opposite David Niven. It’s a brilliant comedic pairing, and it’s unclear why they didn’t work more together. A last bit of trivia here: this was the final movie for Oscar nominee Spring Byington, who people probably most recognize from You Can’t Take it With You and Mutiny on the Bounty.

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Every day, come rain or shine or internet tubes breaking, Film School Rejects showcases a trailer from the past. Most in this generation don’t even know what a party line is (or they think it’s something political) but a party line was right in the heart of the concept for this film. The trailer promises some great Doris Day singing, a sad sack Tony Randall, and Rock Hudson lying through his teeth to get the girl. You just can’t beat that. Think you know what it is? Check out the trailer after the jump.

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There’s a scene (video below) midway through the Doris Day-Rock Hudson romantic comedy Pillow Talk (1959) that has always fascinated me. Through the benefit of hindsight, it’s impossible to watch the scene as it was viewed contemporaneous to its release.

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Doris Day keeps getting phone calls from a sinister voice that keeps promising to kill her.

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The Man Who Knew Too Much

Modern film geeks seem to complain a lot about remakes. Whether they are needless, obvious commercialism for commercialism’s sake, or flat out assaulting childhoods, it’s a safe bet to rail on any film that’s been done before. Would we have felt the same way in 1956 when Alfred Hitchcock redid his own film, The Man Who Knew Too Much?

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published: 04.19.2014
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