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Number Please 1920 Harold Lloyd Short

Number Please

Number Please 1920 Harold Lloyd Short

Stars of Number Please: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Roy Brooks

Directors: Hal Roach, Fred C. Newmeyer (co-director) (as Fred Newmeyer)

Number Please is a fun, short comedy, with good material and a fine job by Harold Lloyd as a slightly amoral but still sympathetic character. Plenty on laughs as Lloyd goes to great limits to win the heart of a girl. Among the difficulties confronting Harold are a couple of contrary canines, several suspicious cops, a grossly incompetent telephone operator and a rapacious goat. The sequences involving the crazy mirrors and the phone booths are absolute gems.

Typical of many of the better silent slapstick comedies, Number Please is a highly entertaining, charming, and, simply put, FUNNY short. The gags are aplenty, and many of them take full creative advantage of the setting and the circumstances of the central characters. Taking place within the realms of an amusement park leads to many rather interesting cinematic moments.

Did you know?

Mildred Davis, who played the object of Harold’s affections in Number Please, was Harold Lloyd’s future real-life wife.

The location of the filming was an amusement park in Orange Park, California.

By the mid 1920’s, Harold Lloyd had left Roach and was producing all the films in which he starred. Of all the silent film comedians, Harold Lloyd was the most profitable. His films out grossed the movies of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, and he made more films than both of them put together.

Movie Information

  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Release Date: December 26th, 1920
  • Production Co.: Rolin Films
  • Run time: 25 minutes
  • Color: Black and White
  • Sound: Silent

You can watch this film for free on my BitChute channel. Just click the image below and it will take you there. Feel free to share! This movie is now in the public domain.

Hope you enjoy this old but still fun film and most of all, find a few grins and giggles!

 

Number Please

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Return of Draw Egan

Return of Draw Egan

The Return of Draw Egan Silent Movie

The Return of Draw Egan is an old, silent movie that is still quite entertaining to watch, especially if you’re into the older film-making, the great directors of that time and the acting that really took acting skills! If you’re new to old-time entertainment, give it a chance  –  it’s more entertaining than one would think.

The Return of Draw Egan is a 1916 silent era western drama motion picture starring William S. Hart, Louise Glaum, Margery Wilson, Robert McKim, and J.P. Lockney.

Hart plays Draw Egan, a bandit leader who narrowly escapes the long arm of the law thanks to some quick thinking and a secret trap door. His partner in crime, Arizona Joe (Robert McKim), is not so fortunate and is arrested.

The film takes place in the American Wild West that helped to form America. Draw Egan is a notorious outlaw (played by Hart). His gang is chased by a posse of lawmen to his remote mountain cabin, where they are trapped. During a fierce shootout, Egan opens a trapdoor and they escape through a tunnel before the posse can overwhelm them.

With a bounty on his head, Egan turns up in the dangerous frontier range town of Yellow Dog. Presenting himself by the assumed name William Blake, he enters the saloon. The seductive dance-hall girl, Poppy (played by Glaum), uses her alluring wiles to entice and entertain him. He looks amused when he is challenged to fight by a rowdy barfly, then punches and finishes the man off with the one powerful blow. The townspeople are impressed. Believing Blake to be a strong and law-abiding man, they want him to be their new marshal. The reformist mayor, Mat Buckton (played by Lockney), hires him for the much avoided position to restore law and order and rid the town of the lawless gunmen who have nearly taken over.

You can watch the entire movie free on my Bit Chute channel! The picture below is a link that will take you right to the movie. Check it out – you just might find you enjoy it!

The movie is public domain, which means you can (from BitChute), share it, torrent it or add it to a playlist.

Happy Labor Day!

Return of Draw Egan
Return of Draw Egan

 

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Making Hires Root Beer Homemade

Hires Root Beer Intro

Making Hires Root Beer Homemade

This is the original recipe for making Hires Root Beer. This recipe dates back to a brochure put out in the year 1891. Very vintage, very good! The typed recipe is slightly adapted, but you can download the original below in a PDF file, if you like.

Recipe Directions for Making Hires Root Beer

  1. Take contents of bottle (Root Beer Extract).
  2. 4 pounds of sugar (granulated is preferable).
  3. 5 gallons of pure fresh water (lukewarm is preferable).
  4. Half pint of good fresh yeast, or half cake of fresh compressed yeast.
  5. When made in cool weather, double the quantity of yeast should be used.

The Way to do It

Dissolve the sugar thoroughly in the water, then add the Root Beer Extract and the yeast. (If cake yeast be used, it should first be dissolved in a little cold water, then it will mix more readily with the beer.) Stir until thoroughly mixed, and bottle in strong bottles or jugs at once, corking and tying the corks securely. Then be sure and set in a warm place for several hours, so that it can become effervescent. (If set in a cool place when first made the yeast becomes chilled and cannot work).

It will be ready to drink after being bottled in ten or twelve hours, but will open more effervescently if allowed to stand for three or four days. After the Beer has become effervescent, it should then be set in a cool place of even temperature. Before opening the bottle place it on ice, or in a cold place, for a short time, when it will be sparkling and delicious.

To make the Hires Root Beer more cheaply, molasses or common sugar may be used to sweeten it.

A very pleasant drink may be made for immediate use by adding two teaspoonfuls of the Extract to a quart of water, sweetening with granulated sugar to suit the taste, then beat half the white of an egg and mix together.

Note. Occasionally parties write us that they have tried to make the Root Beer, and while it is very good, it does not effervesce, or pop, when it is opened.

Now, when a case of this kind happens, we know that there is something wrong in the making of it. Either the yeast was not good, or else the Beer, when made, was placed in the cellar, or in a cool place, where it became shilled and could not ferment.

A woman in making bread is always very careful that the dough does not become chilled, so sets it in a warm place to insure its rising and becoming light. So it is with our Root Beer, warmth is essential to life. If this simple fact is borne in mind no one will ever fail in making our Root Beer to have it delicious and sparkling.

When we say, “fresh compressed yeast,” we mean the small square cake yeast that is sold fresh every day in most of the prominent towns of the United States at two cents a cake. When only the dry cake yeast can be had, a whole cake should be used. In fact, our experience has been that very little of the dry cake yeast sold is good for anything; we therefore prefer to use good fresh baker’s yeast, or fresh compressed yeast.

If these simple hints are carefully borne in mind the Hires Root Beer is very little trouble to make successfully.

When we say “yeast”, we do not mean baking powder.

THE CHARLES E. HIRES CO.,
SOLE MANUFACTURERS, PHILADELPHIA, PA

Cooking and Baking with Root Beer Root Beer Recipes Cookbook

Once you’ve made a batch of homemade Hires Root Beer, discover many tasty ways to use it in your cooking and baking with our Root Beer Recipes eBook!

Click the image below to download a copy of the page that contained the original publication of “Making Hires Root Beer”.

Hires Root Beer

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Happy Fathers Day Free eCards

Happy Fathers Day eCard

Happy Fathers Day Free eCards

Have a special father to send Happy Fathers Day greetings to? Here’s a couple free eCards you can use to surprise dad on his day of honor!

There are two free e-cards you can use to send, print, text, email or post on social networks like facebook or twitter. Imagine that special dad’s surprise when he sees this in his e-mail, his phone, on his wall, or in his twitter feed!

Happy Fathers Day email

Happy Fathers Day Social

To copy the eCards (below) to your own hard drive, simply right click the image below (not the one’s above) and use “save as”. Please do not hot link to this web site to use the images.

If you have a simply image editor, which most of us do on our phone and/or computer, you could add a signature on the e-card and really personalize it! I do request that you leave the source on the card so others’ can find the e-card, but obviously this is something I cannot police, or force you to do.

The verse on the first Happy Fathers Day free e-card simply reads:

Happy Fathers Day!” at the top. In the middle is an image of a vintage car. Underneath the car it says, “Love You, Dad!” The image size of this e-card, which is in vertical format, is 480px by 672px – a perfect size for emails, texts or web postings.

Happy Fathers Day Car eCard
Happy Father’s Day eCard

The second e-card is for “King Dad”. Dad is sitting on a throne with a sign that says, “All hail king dad!” What dad wouldn’t want to feel like a king for a day? 😉  The image size for this e-card is 642px x 453px – again, perfect size for web use or sending in a email or text. This one, in horizontal format, has a little note to dad that reads as follows.

“Dear Dad, there isn’t a dad who measures up to you in any way. That’s why there’s so much pride in this wish for you today! The best for you always on on Father’s day!”

King Dad Fathers Day eCard
All hail king dad!

Pick your e-card, right click and use “save as” to save to your phone, notepad or computer and surprise a special dad this Fathers Day – it will be fun for both of you!

I hope you and your special dad get some enjoyment out of these e-cards. It truly is the simple, little things in life that can mean the most. One of those things is knowing someone special thought of you with love.

Happy Father’s Day to all!

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Randolph Scott All American Actor

Randolph Scott Memorial Photo

Randolph Scott All American Actor

Randolph Scott was a handsome all American leading man who developed into one of Hollywood’s greatest and most popular Western stars. Mr. Scott, another one of the great actors of yesteryear, was best friends with Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, and the Rev. Billy Graham. He was a conservative Republican and one of Hollywood’s biggest supporters of Ronald Reagan as governor of California. Read more about this amazing man on IMDB.

Quote

My retirement is both voluntary and involuntary. One reason, and this is voluntary, is the impact of television. All old movies are turning up on television, and frankly making pictures doesn’t interest me anymore. Another reason is that the film industry is in a declining state.

George Randolph Scott was born on January 23, 1898 and passed away on March 2, 1987. He was an American film actor whose career spanned from 1928 to 1962. That’s a total of 34 years and a whole lot of movies!

Movie Offerings on Mayda Mart

The following movies are available here if they’re linked. If not, they are available by special request. Just use my contact form to let me know which ones you’d like to buy.  Thank you.


Mr. Scott was a powerhouse when it came to making movies. He made so many and I do take special requests, if there is something in particular you’re looking for. If I can find it for you, we can work out the arrangements, so don’t hesitate to ask!

Did You Know?

Randolph Scott was hired to coach Gary Cooper in a Virginia dialect for The Virginian (1929) and played a bit part in the film.

I offer a nice, 8×10 memorial photo of Randolph Scott in honor of him as one of the great American actors of all time.

Thank you for visiting Mayda Mart!

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Bette Davis Classic Movies

Bette Davis

Bette Davis Classic Movies

Bette Davis made so many wonderful classic movies dating back to the 1930s. She was an incredible, unique actress, an exceptional claim to fame all her own. She was good at being bad, both in movies and in her day-to-day life!

While in many ways Bette Davis could appear bigger than life, she was also vulnerable in her own ways, just like any one of us. She described the last three decades of her life as a “my macabre period“. She hated being alone at night and found growing older “terrifying”. I should think many of us relate to those feelings. During her life, she spent the majority of her wealth supporting her mother, three children, and four husbands.

She was amazing, sassy, tough and lovable all at the same time – not to mention a real treat to watch, no matter her role.

Quotes From Bette Davis

  • I wouldn’t piss on Joan Crawford if she were on fire.
  • Getting old is not for sissies.
  • What a fool I was to come to Hollywood where they only understand platinum blondes and where legs are more important than talent.
  • To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.
  • I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I think I just can’t play myself. I don’t know how! But, if you give me a drink – give me a cigarette – give me a gun – I’ll play any old bag you want me to. I just can’t play myself!
  • The weak are the most treacherous of us all. They come to the strong and drain them. They are bottomless. They are insatiable. They are always parched and always bitter. They are everyone’s concern and like vampires they suck our life’s blood.

The above quotes (and many more), along with the entire bio of Bette Davis can be found on IMDB.

Bette Davis Movies by Request

The following list consists of movies you can purchase – if there’s no link, you can purchase by request. Just send me a message using my contact form and let me know which ones you’d like. Each DVD is $9.00.

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Joel McCrea Movies Westerns and More

Joel McCrea Movies Westerns and More

Joel McCrea movies spanned far more than Westerns – and he was good at every role he played!

Joel McCrea was one of the great stars of American Westerns, and a very popular leading man in many non-Westerns as well. He was born November 5, 1905, and raised in the surroundings of Hollywood – South Pasadena to be precise. He grew to become 6-feet 2-inches tall! He had a full and successful career in movies and was one of the rare actors who had a good heart, and knew how to pass that goodness on, even while he played a tough cowboy on screen. He passed on October 20, 1990 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California.

By the late Nineteen-Forties, Joel McCrea Movies were mostly focused on Westerns. He made few non-Westerns thereafter. He was immensely popular in them, and most of them still hold up well today.

Joel McCrea Historical Facts

  • Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1969.
  • Joel McCrea was infamously modest about his own acting abilities, often bordering on a soft-spoken contempt.
  • He was married for 57 years to actress Frances Dee, who survived him.
  • He was regarded as one of the two best riders in Western films along with Ben Johnson, who had been a real cowboy.
  • McCrea raised his own horses, was a passionate outdoors man and large-scale rancher, invested wisely in livestock and real estate, was a staunch Republican and frugal millionaire.
  • Joel McCrea was a true boy scout – can you just imagine what he’d think of that organization today – allowing girls and those who think they’re girls?
  • He died on his 57th wedding anniversary.
  • McCrea met the real Wyatt Earp in Hollywood in 1928 and ended up playing the iconic lawman in 1955’s “Wichita.” He later played Bat Masterson in “The Gunfight at Dodge City” in 1959.
  • McCrea admitted late in life that he made much more money in real estate investments than he ever did in movies.

Source of above Historical Facts: IMDB.

Joel McCrea Quote

“I always felt so much more comfortable in the Western. The minute I got a horse and a hat and a pair of boots on, I felt easier. I didn’t feel like I was an actor anymore. I felt like I was the guy out there doing it.” (1978)

Joel McCrea Movies Available by Request

  • 1932 – The Most Dangerous Game
  • 1932 – The Sport Parade
  • 1936 – Come and Get It
  • 1937 – Wells Fargo
  • 1937 – Internes Can’t Take Money
  • 1938 – Three Blind Mice
  • 1939 – Union Pacific
  • 1940 – Primrose Path
  • 1942 – Great Mans Lady
  • 1944 – Buffalo Bill
  • 1947 – Ramrod
  • 1948 – Four Faces West
  • 1949 – Colorado Territory
  • 1950 – Stars In My Crown
  • 1950 – Saddle Tramp
  • 1951 – Cattle Drive
  • 1953 – The Lone Hand
  • 1954 – Black Horse Canyon
  • 1955 – Wichita
  • 1955 – Stranger on Horseback
  • 1957 – Tall Stranger, The
  • 1957 – Trooper Hook
  • 1958 – Cattle Empire
  • 1958 – Frenchie
  • 1959 – Gunfight at Dodge City
  • 1962 – Ride the High Country

Joel McCrea Memorial Photo

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Valentine Hearts Digital Frame

Valentine Hearts Digital Fram

Valentine Hearts Digital Frame

Valentine’s Day is upon us! In the next few days, zillions of loving pictures will be taken so I thought I’d offer up a Valentine Hearts Digital frame for you to decorate your pictures with.

For this frame, the web-version is posted right here in this post (top of the page) and you can simply right-click and save it to your computer, but I’m also including a ZIP file you can download that contains the following sizes to help you customize your picture(s).

  1. 5 x 4-inch size
  2. 6 x 4-inch size
  3. 7 x 5-inch size
  4. 8 x 6-inch size
  5. 12 x 8-inch size

You can print these out for photo frame borders, scrap book page decorations, etc. The frames print out at a crisp 300 dpi and work great printing standard sized photos. Popular for scrap booking, photo enhancement, virtual flyers, newsletters, etc. Use your imagination!

Using Your Free Valentine Hearts Digital Frames

For use on digital pictures, I don’t have time to give out instructions, so if you’re knew to this, please use your favorite search engine on ways to use these if you’re not sure. It’s pretty easy, but you will need a photo editor of some kind. Windows has one built-in (Paint), plus the free IrfanView is good or for a more complex but user-friendly alternative, there’s Paint.NET.

Each Valentine Hearts Digital Frame is in .jpg format. The ZIP file will contain six –  the above noted 5, and the web format in this post.

I hope you enjoy them, and do know you’re free to use them any way you wish – no restrictions. A source referral is always a kind gesture if you use them online, but not necessary.

Download the Valentine Hearts Digital Frames

Download Zip File
Valentine Hearts Digital Frames

P.S. We also offer a Free Digital Christmas Frame, which includes a PSD file for those who work with layering images.

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Favorite Fruit Desserts

Favorite Fruit Desserts

Favorite Fruit Desserts

Make these favorite fruit desserts with cherry, apple, blueberry, peach, apricot, strawberry or pineapple pie filling. These are great desserts for winter! Quick, easy and so delicious! Start off with the basic pie crust recipe. Yes, there’s lard – but this is vintage and frankly, that’s how past cooks make the best pie crusts ever.

In fact, did you know that 1 piece of apple pie (average size) supplies 24 percent more food energy and 36 percent less fat than an average serving of roast beef? And that’s made using lard in the crust. Do if it doesn’t “gross you out”, don’t shy away from lard.

Basic Pastry

A pastry recipe suitable for any pie!

Ingredients
1-3/4 cup sifted pastry flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup lard
1/2 cup hydrogenated fat (Crisco)
Ice water – about 1/3 cup

Directions
Sift flour with salt. Cut in lard until mixture is the consistency of corn meal. The lard must be cold and firm and cut, rather than rubbed in. Next, cut in the remaining fat having particles the size of large peas. Moisten the dough with water, stirring as little as possible. Form into ball and chill before rolling shells.

In a hurry? Use any of the fine quality prepared pie crust mixes or frozen crusts available at your grocer.

Deep Dish Pie

1 can pie filling of choice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons butter
Pastry for one crust pie

Directions
Pour pie filling in greased baking dish 10 x 6 x 2-inches. Sprinkle nutmeg on, and dot with butter. Roll pastry large enough to allow a 1/2-inch over hanging edge all around. Cut small slits in center to let steam escape. Lay pastry loosely over mix; fold over hanging edge over rim of the dish. Press the edges down firmly with tines of a floured fork. Brush top with milk. Bake in hot oven, preheated to 425-degrees for 40 minutes. Serves 6.

Upside Down Cake

Ingredients
2/3 cup butter
1-1/2 cup sugar
2-1/2 cups sifted cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, well beaten
2/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions
Pour pie filling into a heavy skillet. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Cream butter with sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and beat thoroughly. Add sifted dry ingredients and milk alternately in small amounts. Beat well after each addition. Add vanilla and pour batter over mixture in skillet. Bake in moderate 350-degree oven for 1 hour. Remove from oven, cool slightly and turn onto large platter.

Cobbler

1 can pie filling of choice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup biscuit mix (Bisquick)
1/3 cup coffee cream or evaporated milk

Directions
Place pie filling in 1-1/2 quart casserole. Dot with butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Add cream to biscuit mix. Drop dough by spoonfuls over pie filling. Bake about 20 minutes in moderately hot oven, 400 degrees. Serves 5 to 7.

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Doris Day Movies

Doris Day Movies

Doris Day Movies

Doris Day movies will all tell you that Doris Day’s acting couldn’t help but make you smile! She was always upbeat, lit up the screen with her brilliant smile and had a “spunky” way about her that was difficult not to like! From her expressions to her body language, she proved herself to be one great actress. Never mind the fact that she could sing and dance, too.

Doris Day Movies From the Beginning

Her first starring movie role was in Romance on the High Seas (1948). The next year, she made two more films, My Dream Is Yours (1949) and It’s a Great Feeling (1949). Audiences took to her beauty, terrific singing voice and bubbly personality, and she turned in fine performances in the movies she made (in addition to several hit records). She made three films for Warner Bros. in 1950 and five more in 1951. In that year, she met and married Martin Melcher, who adopted her young son Terry, who later grew up to become Terry Melcher, a successful record producer.

In 1953, Doris starred in Calamity Jane (1953), which was a major hit, and several more followed: Lucky Me (1954), Love Me or Leave Me (1955), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) and what is probably her best-known film, Pillow Talk (1959). She began to slow down her film making pace in the 1960s, even though she started out the decade with a hit, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1960).

Did You Know?

  1. It was during the location filming of The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) when she saw how camels, goats and other “animal extras” in a marketplace scene were being treated that began her lifelong commitment to preventing animal abuse.
  2. Doris Day did not like profanity. (Smart lady!) As a recording artist, she would require anyone who swore to put a quarter in a “swear jar“. In addition, she does not allow her songs to be used in movies that contain swear words.
  3. Doris Day is a staunch supporter of the Republican Party. Due to the nature of hatred and filth in Hollywood, she practices the old but respectful practice of “Silence is King” in matters such as this.
  4. After her Pillow Talk (1959) co-star Rock Hudson died of AIDS in 1985, Day told the press that she had never known he was a homosexual.
  5. Doris Day’s childhood idol was Ginger Rogers, with whom she starred in Storm Warning (1951).
  6. Doris Day briefly dated Ronald Reagan – with whom she co-starred in Storm Warning (1951) and The Winning Team (1952) – shortly after his divorce from Jane Wyman when she and Reagan were contract players at Warner Brothers.
  7. Her dreams of a dancing career were dashed when a car accident on October 13, 1937, badly damaged her legs. Doris Day spent most of her teenage years wheelchair-bound and during this time began singing on the radio.
  8. Doris Day underwent a hysterectomy during the filming of Julie (1956) after being diagnosed with a tumor the size of a grapefruit that was growing into her intestines.
  9. Doris Day’s only child, Terry Melcher, died of melanoma on November 19, 2004, aged 62.
  10. [2014 quote from Doris Day] “Would you believe I’m still offered scripts and projects all the time? Every once in a while I think about working again, but they don’t make the kind of movies I made anymore! It’s a different world.”

Source of above trivia: IMDB

Doris Day – definitely a great role model.

If interested in some of her movies, I can do a custom order for you for any of the following (use my contact form to let me know what you’d like and we’ll go from there).

Chronological, by year, list of Doris Day movies.

  • 1948 – Romance on the High Seas
  • 1949 – It’s a Great Feeling
  • 1949 – My Dream is Yours
  • 1950 – Storm Warning
  • 1950 – Tea For Two
  • 1950 – The West Point Story
  • 1950 – Young Man With a Horn
  • 1951 – I’ll See You In My Dreams
  • 1951 – Lullaby of Broadway
  • 1951 – On Moonlight Bay
  • 1951 – Starlift
  • 1952 – April In Paris
  • 1952 – By the Light of the Silvery Moon
  • 1952 – The Winning Team
  • 1953 – Calamity Jane
  • 1954 – Young At Heart
  • 1955 – Love Me or Leave Me
  • 1955 – Lucky Me
  • 1955 – The Man Who Knew Too Much
  • 1956 – Julie
  • 1957 – Teachers Pet
  • 1957 – The Pajama Game
  • 1958 – The Tunnel Of Love
  • 1959 – It Happened to Jane
  • 1959 – Pillow Talk
  • 1960 – Midnight Lace
  • 1960 – Please Don’t Eat the Daisies
  • 1962 – Billy Rose’s Jumbo
  • 1962 – That Touch of Mink
  • 1963 – Lover Come Back
  • 1963 – Move Over, Darling
  • 1964 – Send Me No Flowers
  • 1965 – Do Not Disturb
  • 1966 – The Glass Bottom Boat
  • 1967 – Caprice
  • 1967 – The Ballad of Josie
  • 1967 – The Thrill of it All
  • 1968 – With Six You Get Eggroll

Doris Day, Age 95

Doris Day Age 95