Do Not Disturb (1965)

Fifty-five years ago today the film Do Not Disturb premiered in DeLuxe Color CinemaScope. A Doris Day movie is a sure-fire way to improve your day. Stick around for some surprising cameos.

Title: Do Not Disturb
Directed by: Ralph Levy, George Marshall
Produced by: Martin Melcher, Aaron Rosenberg
Screenplay by: Richard L. Breen, Milt Rosen
Based on: Some Other Love play by William Fairchild
Starring: Doris Day as Janet Harper, Rod Taylor as Mike Harper, Hermione Baddeley as Vanessa Courtwright, Sergio Fantoni as Paul Bellari, Reginald Gardiner as George Simmons, Maura McGiveney as Claire Hackett, Aram Katcher as Culkos, Leon Askin as Willie Langsdorf, Lisa Perav as Alicia Petrova, Michael Romanoff as Delegate, Albert Carrier as Claude Reynard, Barbara Morrison as Mrs. Ordley, Dick Winslow as One-Man Band / Accordion Player, Raquel Welch as Woman in lobby, Britt Ekland as Party Girl
Music by: Lionel Newman, Alexander Courage
Cinematography: Leon Shamroy
Edited by: Robert L. Simpson
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release date: December 22, 1965
Running time: 102 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $3.89 million
Box office: $8,000,000

American couple Mike and Janet Harper (Rod Taylor and Doris Day) move to England for Mike’s work, a company that deals in textiles and fashions. Mike wants them to live in a flat in the heart of London, but Janet, who is not a big-city girl, instead finds them a house thirty miles outside London in Kent, which means that Mike has to commute into town by train. For convenience, Mike often stays in one of the company’s flats in town rather than go home. This commuting situation makes Janet feel even more neglected than she already did.

Janet believes Mike may be having an affair with his assistant, Claire Hackett (Maura McGiveney). Janet’s beliefs are fueled by the Harpers’ busybody landlady, Vanessa Courtwright (Hermione Baddeley), who thinks Janet can play Mike’s game by entering into an affair of her own, whether it be real or made-up. It has the potential to be real with the arrival of the Italian man Paul Bellari (Sergio Fantoni), an antiques dealer Janet hires to decorate the house. Although neither Mike nor Janet had any initial thoughts of cheating on the other, Claire and Paul may have thoughts of their own, especially when all four are thrown into one compromising position after another.

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