Doris Day and Rock Hudson
As a fan of Doris Day something is very obvious when watching her movies and that is she appeared opposite some of Hollywood's most popular men. And occassionaly it wouldn't just be one movie she would make with a handsome co-star but sometimes 2 or 3 such as those movies she made with Gordon MacRae and James Garner. But the most famous of Day's co-stars who she worked with more than once was Rock Hudson. Together they made 3 movies together, 3 romantic comedies which started with "Pillow Talk" in 1959 and that was followed by "Lover Come Back" and then finally "Send Me No Flowers".
Pillow Talk (1959)
Jan Morrow (Doris Day), an interior designer, has a major problem, a real pain in the neck because she has to share a party line with bachelor Brad Allen (Rock Hudson), who she's never even met. That wouldn't be so bad but in-between getting countless phone calls from various young women and his calling them back Jan is never able to make a call and it really annoys her. But whilst out on a date with one those young ladies Brad discovers Jan is sitting in the next booth and decides to have some fun by pretending to be a Texan so that he can date her and get one over on her. But he doesn't count on actually falling for Jan.
Out of the 3 movies that Doris Day and Rock Hudson made together "Pillow Talk" is my personal favourite. The chemistry between the stars is just brilliant so whilst you enjoy all the antagonism as Brad purposefully winds Jan up by hogging the phone line you also warm to them as a couple and what a great couple Day and Hudson make on the screen. The storyline itself whilst not over original, revolving around Day being duped which wasn't unusual, works well and with Tony Randall appearing as a mutual acquaintance, stuck in the middle of all the romance and lies, it moves along at a nice pace.
Title: Pillow Talk
Length: 102 mins
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director: Michael Gordon
Cast: Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall, Thelma Ritter, Nick Adams, Julia Meade
Lover Come Back (1961)
Carol Templeton (Doris Day) and Jerry Webster (Rock Hudson) are rivals, both working in the world of advertising but for different companies and with different styles and as such have never met. Carol doesn't like the way Jerry wines and dines clients to get contracts and so decides to get her own back on her rival when he wins the latest big contract. Learning that Jerry has an account from a product called VIP she steals it from him but unbeknown to her VIP isn't real, it is something that Jerry made up and when she goes to visit the inventor of the product Jerry pretends to be the reclusive scientist so that he can take advantage of her. What Jerry does count on is actually falling in love with her.
The follow up to "Pillow Talk", "Lover Come Back" is probably my least favourite of the 3 movies which Day and Hudson made together. The simple reason is that whilst we get different characters and a different story the actual idea behind "Lover Come Back" is exactly the same as "Pillow Talk". So what we get is once more antagonism between Carol and Jerry only for Jerry to dupe her by pretending to be someone else. Although my least favourite it's still amusing mainly down to the chemistry between Doris Day and Rock Hudson who make some of the lame jokes more entertaining than they should be. And yes being very similar to their previous movie means that Tony Randall finds himself once more cast as a sort of piggy in the middle character, linking Carol and Jerry together.
Title: Lover Come Back
Length: 107 mins
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director: Delbert Mann
Cast: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Edie Adams, Jack Oakie, Jack Kruschen, Ann B. Davis
Send Me No Flowers (1964)
Judy Kimball (Doris Day) has a good life, she loves her husband George (Rock Hudson) even though he is a complete hypochondriac who lives on pills and at the first sign of a sniffle is straight down his doctors. During one of his regular visits to the doctors George over hears his doctor receiving some bad news about another patient and mistakes the news as his own, believing he has just weeks to live. Determined to make sure that Judy will be alright when he passes on he ropes in their best friend Arnold (Tony Randall) to organise everything from the funeral down to the smallest detail, including finding Judy a new companion so she won't feel lonely. But the sudden erratic behaviour of her husband makes Judy suspicious and thinks he may be cheating on her.
The good news is that "Send Me No Flowers" despite once more being a romantic comedy which thrives off of confusion is not just a rehash of Doris Day and Rock Hudson's previous two movies. The whole thing moves on with the amusing storyline about George trying to sort out things for when he dies and Rock Hudson has great fun with various set ups such as choosing his funeral plot and finding his wife a companion. In fact whilst Day still entertains with some wonderful facial expressions "Send Me No Flowers" is very much Hudson's movie. And what is also nice is that whilst Tony Randall yet again finds himself making up the trio he gets more to do and provides another great avenue for comedy. It doesn't quite match up to "Pillow Talk" but "Send Me No Flowers" is definitely better than "Lover Come Back".
Title: Send Me No Flowers
Length: 100 mins
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director: Norman Jewison
Cast: Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall, Paul Lynde, Hal March, Edward Andrews, Patricia Barry, Clint Walker
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Brian on February 14, 2016:
My favourite line in any movie is from lover come back... Rock: As my old granpappy used to say knock and I'll take you in.
Doris (all misty eyed) I'm knocking
Rock: And I'm taking you in.
Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on June 16, 2014:
This is an excellent piece of writing. Amazing in every aspect of writing.
I loved every word--and the lay-out was superb.
Voted up and all the choices because you deserve it. I loved The Doris Day Show with Denver Pyle in the 70's and seemingly, she never got the credit that she earned for history says about Day, "she was a very determined worker with a drive that was hard to beat," and that has stuck with me.
You have such a gift for writing. Just keep writing and good things are bound to happen to you.
I cordially invite you to read one or two of my hubs, and be one of my followers. That would make my day.
I am so honored to meet you.
Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama
Kevina Oyatedor on September 06, 2013:
loved Pillow Talk. great hub.
Andy on June 14, 2012:
@ Doris Lang - Funny you mention Renée Zellweger because she starred opposite Ewan McGregor in "Down with Love" which is very much a modern taken on a Doris Day and Rock Hudson movie. And yes she delivers all those facial expressions in it.
Doris Lang on June 14, 2012:
If anyone was to make a remake of Doris Day .. I think Renee' Zellweger would be perfect for the part!!! she really reminded me of Doris in that movie "Bridget Jones Diary" hilarious and beautiful!!! sooo cute! her facial expressions were so alike.. just a thought..