Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 1960. Euterpe. Screenplay by Isobel Lennart, based on the book by Jean Kerr. Cinematography by Robert J. Bronner. Produced by Joe Pasternak. Music by David Rose. Production Design by George W. Davis, Hans Peters. Costume Design by Morton Haack. Film Editing by John McSweeney Jr..
Doris Day plays housewife to university professor David Niven, who has just graduated from his job to a position as one of New York’s most respected and revered theatre critics (I am not familiar with the world in which this is a step up). After beginning his career with a scathing review of his producer friend’s musical flop, Niven finds himself the most feared critic in town, garnering publicity for a love-hate relationship with an actress (Janis Paige) while housewife Day waits for the time when they can finally leave their squashed apartment with their four rambunctious boys and giant dog and get a house in the country. The ups and downs of rural vs. urban are the skeleton of this plotless film that rambles on without a point and is only worthwhile for the marvelous energy of its bright female star. She sings a couple of tunes, including “Any Way The Wind Blows” (originally written for Pillow Talk) but she’s the only element of the film that keeps it from being a complete mess. Spring Byington closed off her rich and wonderful career with a delightful performance as Day’s mother, while Patsy Kelly appears as the housekeeper.