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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Doris Day’s childhood idol was Ginger Rogers, with whom she starred in Storm Warning (1951).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Doris Day’s only child, Terry Melcher, died of melanoma on November 19, 2004, aged 62.
- [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.
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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
- 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 (Quality of this one is so-so)
- 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