Notes in Passing: A note from Michael Schlesinger. "If I may be permitted, given the passing of Miss Day, I hope you'll allow me to post this link to an observation of when (her path) crossed most agreeably with director Frank Tashlin on ”The Glass Bottom Boat.”
Given that I employed photographs, rather than words, to honor Doris Day, I thought that I'd offer some insight into the countless appreciations that have been written since Day has passed. They've run the gamut, from applause-worthy to jaw-droppingly bad.
The worst – and one to be avoided – was co-written by Duane Byrge and Mike Barnes for The Hollywood Reporter, no less. The first three words in their piece refer to Day as “the virginal actress.” Huh? That doesn’t even make any sense. I’ve no idea of Mike Barnes’ credentials but Duane Byrge has been around forever and should know better. The Hollywood Reporter piece also claims that Michael Gordon directed both of the films that Day made in 1963 with James Garner - "The Thrill of It All" and "Movie, Over Darling." that would surprise Norman Jewison.
Almost as bad and worth avoiding is Adam Bernstein’s clueless piece for The Washington Post.
The polar opposite of these “appreciations” is the magnificent one penned by Carrie Rickey for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Absolutely a must-read. No surprise, given that it was written by Rickey, who also provides (at least in the print edition of the Inky) a complete list of all of Day's films, replete with her leading me. (BTW, although he not officially considered one of her leading men, Gig Young made the most films with her - four: "Young at Heart" "Teacher's Pet," "Tunnel of Love" and "That Touch of Mink.")
Closely following Carrie's essay is Mick LaSalle’s typically astute observations for The San Francisco Chronicle.
Carrie and Mick say all there is on Doris Day, a subject that left me wordless. Her work - in this case her work in film - speaks for itself. Hence, all those pix.
The New York Times has weighed in with two articles on Day – one by the always reliable Aljean Harmetz and another by one of the paper’s chief movie critics, A.O. Scott.
Among the others that I’ve perused are those by Carmel Dagan for Variety, Tim Teeman for The Daily Beast and Nardine Saad for The Los Angeles Times, all worth reading.
Finally, another reader, Walt, reminded me of the recent Doris Day Film Festival currently screening at the legendary Stanford Theater in Palo Alto, Here's the program:
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