Where did the time go? "The Man Who Knew Too Much," Alfred Hitchcock's remake of his 1934 British thriller starring James Stewart and Doris Day, opened in gener...al release on this date in 1956. Day also introduced the Oscar-winning tune that would become one of of her signature tunes, "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" in the box office hit. Photo from the L.A. Times files.
The dark, hard-edged LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME ('55) marks a departure for the naturally jovial Doris Day.
Day remembers shooting one particularly violent scene that ...censors cut from the film: "[Co-star James Cagney] attacks me savagely; and the way Cagney played it, believe me, it was savage. He slammed me against the wall, ripped off my dress, my beads flying, and after a tempestuous struggle, in which I tried to fight him off with every realistic ounce of strength I had, he threw me on the bed and raped me. It was a scene that took a lot out of me, but it was one of the most fully realized physical scenes I have ever played...It wasn't until I saw the movie in its release that I became aware that most of the scene had been cut."
Here's a great scene of Doris Day, who is celebrating her 91st birthday today, and Rock Hudson in their terrific 1961 romantic comedy "Lover, Come Back." What is your favorite Day-Hudson film? Photo from the L.A. Times files