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 Posted:   Aug 11, 2009 - 12:57 PM   
 By:   captain X   (Member)

Even though I am familiar with this talented woman and some of her films, I never managed to own them in any format. I finally managed to acquire a Doris Day DVD collection and I'm enjoying it so much. I'm thinkinking of ordering more Doris Day film DVD's including the DVD's with her own television show. I just adore this woman. Always have. Great looks and a class act all the way. What a natural. She was a fine and wonderful singer and one fine actress. I wish were well wherever she is.

I watched the classic PILLOW TALK. I want to order the cd but it's a bit pricy for now. Rock Hudson and Tony Randall were absolutely great.

I am watching right now 'Send Me No Flowers' for like the fourth time. Even though the title song by Burt Bacharach was not as catchy as Pillow Talk I'm suprised no release of any kind (not even an LP) for DeVol's score has been released. In fact, this composer is quite underrepresented. I don't get it. Quite a shame.

Anyway, how many films did Doris Day & Rock Hudson do together? Any other score releases from Doris Day films I should look into? I am aware of 'Love Me Or Leave Me' which by the way is a great album. It's a fine film as well with great performances by both Day and Cagney.





Posted: Aug 11, 2009 - 10:40 PM
By: eriknelson (Member)

I love Doris Day's bedroom farces. They are funny, and today they are time capsules illustrating the mores of the fifties and sixties. But I think Doris' finest hour was LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME.

Posted: Aug 11, 2009 - 10:52 PM
By: captain X (Member)

Now why did this thread end up in the non-film score discussion forum? Sorry about that. I'll repost it in the general discussion forum if you guys don't mind.

eriknelson... a fine hour indeed. It shows us the range of this woman's acting abilities. Great film, great performances, great music!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2009 - 2:23 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Whilst it is only in the last year that I finally got around to watching Love Me Or Leave Me, I've been a fan of Ms. Day for as long as I can remember. I recall transcribing the lyrics to her song Possess Me from a 45rpm long before I realised (understood?) just how erotic said lyric is!

I think her sex-comedy films with Rock Hudson, James Garner, Cary Grant and Rod Taylor are exceptionally good but she was a first-class actress in various roles. I also think she's the best female vocalist of the 20th Century (certainly my favourite for those who challenge my use of the word best).

As for the song title to Send Me No Flowers, this is somewhat weaker than its earlier counterparts albeit pleasant enough - it starts very well but tails off, IMHO. Whereas all of the other songs from my first DD album (probably called "The Best Of ..." released in the 1970's) have since appeared on CD, I've yet to find a CD release of this particular song so I have my crackly LP~CDr version only.

As for the films' scores: none as yet and I'm not certain I would purchase ... but don't tempt me.

As far as I am aware, she did three of these films with RH, two with each of JG and RT and just the one with CG. By the time of Caprice with Richard Harris I think the writing was on the wall ...

 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2009 - 2:33 PM   
 By:   shicorp   (Member)



As for the song title to Send Me No Flowers, this is somewhat weaker than its earlier counterparts albeit pleasant enough - it starts very well but tails off, IMHO. Whereas all of the other songs from my first DD album (probably called "The Best Of ..." released in the 1970's) have since appeared on CD, I've yet to find a CD release of this particular song so I have my crackly LP~CDr version only.


I've checked amazon.com and found that there are several CD releases with this song, most notably this one:

http://www.amazon.com/1960s-Singles-Doris-Day/dp/B00005YJ8S/

I have a rather complete collection of her recordings. I think it's rather odd that many of her recordings have been re-issued on CD time and time again. There have been at least three different major re-issue campaigns I can think of: Bear Family box sets, European two-fers from Sony, Collectables two-fers; Do her recordings really sell that well?

 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2009 - 4:28 PM   
 By:   Accidental Genius   (Member)

A few years back, I played the Rock Hudson role in the stage play upon which the film is based, and our sound/music designer used the Doris Day song to open and close the show, so I've got some sentiment about that song - it both excited me (because I loved doing the play, a rare 3-act comedy) and terrified me (because hearing the song every night meant I was about to go onstage and that always terrifies me smile).

I've never seen the film itself and keep meaning to. I wonder if Frank De Vol's score will ever become available. I also forgot that the movie was directed by fellow Canadian Norman Jewison.

 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2009 - 9:22 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)



I am watching right now 'Send Me No Flowers' for like the fourth time. Even though the title song by Burt Bacharach was not as catchy as Pillow Talk


Does not compute! Send Me No Flowers is my favorite of all the DD 50s/60s theme songs. It's also my favorite of her comedy films.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2009 - 11:40 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

I've checked amazon.com and found that there are several CD releases with this song, most notably this one:

http://www.amazon.com/1960s-Singles-Doris-Day/dp/B00005YJ8S/

I have a rather complete collection of her recordings. I think it's rather odd that many of her recordings have been re-issued on CD time and time again. There have been at least three different major re-issue campaigns I can think of: Bear Family box sets, European two-fers from Sony, Collectables two-fers; Do her recordings really sell that well?


Thank you for the link. I had not meant that I've been searching for a CD release of this song, just that of all of her others originally owned on vinyl, this (Send Me No Flowers) is the only one still outstanding.

Whilst I've been very happy to buy the UK CD releases of her old albums (mostly on the Columbia/CBS two-fers) I'm not quite the completist who wants everything. That said, there are quite a few titles on that Singles' album which I don't have - or know - so maybe I shall add it to my collection. My database indicates I have 313 separate recordings of her material (I know: I'm a geek for having collated the songs!)

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2009 - 1:10 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Any other score releases from Doris Day films I should look into?

Most of her Warner Bros. musicals have song albums available on CD. My favorite is "Calamity Jane."



"The Pajama Game" is also good.



My favorite Day compilation CD is "A Day at the Movies" which has songs from all of these films:

Calamity Jane
Romance On The High Seas
My Dream Is Yours
It's A Great Feeling
Young Man With A Horn
Tea for Two
The West Point Story
Lullaby of Broadway
On Moonlight Bay
I'll See You in My Dreams
April In Paris
By The Light Of The Silvery Moon
Young At Heart
Love Me Or Leave Me
The Man Who Knew Too Much

 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2009 - 1:42 PM   
 By:   captain X   (Member)

A few years back, I played the Rock Hudson role in the stage play upon which the film is based, and our sound/music designer used the Doris Day song to open and close the show, so I've got some sentiment about that song - it both excited me (because I loved doing the play, a rare 3-act comedy) and terrified me (because hearing the song every night meant I was about to go onstage and that always terrifies me smile).

Terrifying it might be but what a glorious feeling after you're done.

 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2009 - 1:48 PM   
 By:   captain X   (Member)



I am watching right now 'Send Me No Flowers' for like the fourth time. Even though the title song by Burt Bacharach was not as catchy as Pillow Talk


Does not compute! Send Me No Flowers is my favorite of all the DD 50s/60s theme songs. It's also my favorite of her comedy films.


A wonderful film... I'll agree. The theme song is fine as well but Pillow Talk (the theme song I meant) is more catchy/addictive... more upbeat.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2009 - 2:21 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Just coming to think on it I guess this was my favorite of the bunch also. Maybe because Norman Jewison brought an edgier brand of satire to it. Maybe because Tony Randell was his funniest in this one. And I also thought the song was the catchiest.
I can't believe she is 87. Last time I saw her she was 67 in 1989 on the Golden Globe awards, practically flirting with Clint Eastwood, and looked great. Hope she's doing okay in that mansion with all the cats.

 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2009 - 2:28 PM   
 By:   captain X   (Member)

And I also thought the song was the catchiest.

Are you disagreeing with me just to disagree with me...

PILLOW TALK!

smile

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 12, 2009 - 3:00 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Oops, well maybe I am really talking to PhiladelphiaSon. We seem to be on the same wavelength. Don't get me wrong, I have that PILLOW TALK box and there is something nostalgically cool about it and most of DeVol's work from then (THE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT would be cool). But that particular film and Bacharach's catchy rhythms seem to hit me best.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2009 - 5:48 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

My favorite Doris Day comedy (stolen by Tony Randell!), but for me, the best title song has to be, Move Over Darling.

The only one I saw at the cinema was The Thrill Of It All, both funny & clever, but what do you expect when it was written by Carl Reiner.

 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2009 - 10:22 PM   
 By:   Accidental Genius   (Member)

A few years back, I played the Rock Hudson role in the stage play upon which the film is based, and our sound/music designer used the Doris Day song to open and close the show, so I've got some sentiment about that song - it both excited me (because I loved doing the play, a rare 3-act comedy) and terrified me (because hearing the song every night meant I was about to go onstage and that always terrifies me smile).

Terrifying it might be but what a glorious feeling after you're done.


Absolutely! It was odd to think I was playing a role that Rock Hudson played - we're nothing alike as far as actor type, btw. So funny. Great fun to play!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2009 - 6:49 AM   
 By:   jskoda   (Member)

There's one underscore track from THE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT soundtrack on Rhino's "Bachelor in Paradise: Cocktail Classics from MGM Films." You can't tell from Amazon's listing, but I think it's the second track--"Bossa Nova Bessie."

Don’t forget Day's BILLY ROSE'S JUMBO soundtrack. It's the best score (Rodgers/Hart) Day ever got to sing. It's also got Conrad Salinger orchestrations, and great sound.

 
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