Cast & Crew
Janet and Mike Harper rent a house in the English countryside from Vanessa Courtwright after Mike, an American wool company executive, moves his office to London to stimulate foreign trade. Mike spends his time in London keeping company with his assistant, Claire Hackett, and attending bachelor parties thrown by his boss, Mr. Langsdorf, while neglected Janet stays home alone. In revenge, she flirts with Paul Bellari, a handsome antique dealer whom she hires to redecorate the house. Janet and Paul fly to Paul's main office in Paris so that Janet may see an antique table. While there, they visit a bistro where Janet passes out from drinking too much wine, and when Paul takes her back to his office, they accidentally get locked in for the night. Mike hears of the trip and takes the next flight to Paris. When he finds them in the office, he fights with Paul and demands a divorce from Janet. Janet agrees, but several days later she overhears Claire Hackett discussing how much Mike loves his wife. At a cocktail party in a hotel, Janet mistakenly winds up in lecherous Mr. Langsdorf's bed, and he chases her through the hotel. Mike becomes jealous, and the two reunite.
L. B. Abbott
Cheri De La Mare
Emil Kosa Jr.
Joseph E. Rickards
Walter M. Scott
Jack Martin Smith
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The pastoral life includes chickens, a goat named Wellington who wanders through their home and even a terrified fox. Oblivious to local British customs Janet rescues a fox hiding on her property from hunters galloping through the countryside, presaging Day's animal activism in her later years. Meanwhile Mike is contending with some odd local customs of his own, including the industry ritual of traveling to Paris for an annual wool convention without wives in tow. The industry norm is for businessmen to travel to the Paris convention with their mistresses instead.
Frustrated by his late nights and sleepovers at a London company apartment, Janet begins to suspect that Mike is carrying on with his glamorous assistant Claire Hackett (Maura McGiveney) who accompanies him to work functions and cocktail parties and acts as a second wife. In an effort to make her husband jealous, Janet's friend Vanessa invents a phantom lover. Vanessa calls the house and hangs up when Mike answers, sends flowers to Janet and eventually manages to send Mike into fits of jealousy when she hints that Janet is being pursued by handsome French antiques dealer Paul Bellari (Sergio Fantoni).
But Janet's efforts to make her husband jealous backfire when she takes a spontaneous trip to Paris with the debonair Paul who promises Janet he has just the Georgian dining table she is seeking. Janet covets the table for the anniversary dinner she is planning for her husband. After charming a group of little children, a game of street soccer, too much champagne at lunch and a flight delayed until the next morning by fog, Janet and Paul are accidentally locked up inside the antique store for the night, sending the furious Mike to Paris to clock Paul for "seducing his wife."
Do Not Disturb's screwball hilarity thus kicks into overdrive as Mike decamps in a luxurious Paris hotel for the wool convention. Janet meanwhile, in an effort to speak to her husband without the interference of Mike's underling, masquerades as one of the single party girls imported to Paris to make time with the middle aged conventioneers. Janet gyrating on the dance floor when a grape lands in her dress, or being chased in her nightie through the hotel hallways demonstrate Doris Day's delightful comic abilities and the unique sparkle of an actress always game for a little fun.
Born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff in Cincinnati, Ohio, Day dreamed early on of a dance career but an automobile accident that damaged her legs and left her in a wheelchair for most of her teenage years ended that ambition. Yet destiny might have intervened, since Day then began singing lessons and at 15 started touring with the Les Brown Band. Her first marriage to trombonist Al Jorden, who she met while touring with Les Brown, ended in divorce, thus inaugurating a series of marriages and divorces for Day.
A screen test at Warner Bros. led to a contract and Day's first starring role, Romance on the High Seas (1948). Day soon became known in film for her effervescent personality and great singing voice, highlighted most famously in the 1959 romantic comedy that defined her unique appeal Pillow Talk alongside her frequent co-star Rock Hudson. While married to producer and eventually her manager Martin Melcher, Day ramped up her film output in films such as Love Me or Leave Me (1955), Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960) and With Six You Get Eggroll (1968) and launched her own TV series The Doris Day Show in 1968 which ran for five seasons. (Day also famously turned down the role of Mrs. Robinson in Mike Nichol's classic The Graduate, 1967). Day entered a second phase of her career devoted to advocating and caring for animals and the prevention of their abuse through the Doris Day Animal League in Carmel, California.
Producer: Martin Melcher, Aaron Rosenberg
Director: Ralph Levy
Screenplay: Milt Rosen, Richard Breen (screenplay); William Fairchild (play)
Cinematography: Leon Shamroy
Art Direction: Robert Boyle, Jack Martin Smith
Music: Lionel Newman; Alexander Courage (uncredited)
Film Editing: Robert Simpson
Cast: Doris Day (Janet Harper), Rod Taylor (Mike Harper), Hermione Baddeley (Vanessa Courtwright), Sergio Fantoni (Paul Bellari), Reginald Gardiner (George Simmons), Maura McGiveney (Claire Hackett), Aram Katcher (Culkos), Leon Askin (Willie Langsdorf), Lisa Pera (Alicia Petrova), Michael Romanoff (Delegate).
by Felicia Feaster
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Leon Askin (1907-2005)
Born in Vienna, Austria as Leo Aschkenasy on September 18, 1907, Askin developed a taste for theater through his mother's love of cabaret, and as a youngster, often accompanied his mother to weekend productions.
He made a go of acting as a profession in 1925, when he took drama classes from Hans Thimig, a noted Austrian stage actor at the time. The following year, he made his Vienna stage debut in Rolf Lauckner's "Schrei aus der Strasse."
For the next six year (1927-33), he was a popular stage actor in both Vienna and Berlin before he was prevented to work on the stage by Hitler's SA for being a Jew. He left for Paris in 1935 to escape anti-semetic persecution, but returned to Vienna in 1935, to find work (albeit a much lower profile to escape scrutiny), but after a few years, the writing was on the wall, and he escaped to New York City in 1939, just at the outbreak of World War II. His luck in the Big Apple wasn't really happening, and in 1941, he relocated to Washington D.C. and briefly held the position of managing director of the Civic Theatre, a popular city venue of the day. Unfortunately, after the tragic events of Pearl Harbor in December of that year, the United States became involved in the war that had already engulfed Europe for two years, and seeing a possibility to expediate his application for American citizenship, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.
After the war, Leon indeed became a U.S. citizen and changed his name from Leon Aschkenasy to Leon Askin. He returned to New York and found work as a drama teacher, and more importantly, landed his first gig on Broadway, as director and actor in Goethe's Faust in 1947, which starred Askin in the title character opposite the legendary Albert Bassermann who played Mephisto. The production was a huge success. Askin followed this up with another director/actor stint with Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice and co-starred with Jose Ferrer in Ben Hecht's 20th Century. They were all Broadway hits, and Askin had finally achieved the success he had worked so hard to seek and merit.
It wasn't long before Hollywood came calling, and soon Askin, with his rich German accent and massive physical presence, made a very effective villian in a number of Hollywood films: the Hope-Crosby comedy Road to Bali (1952); Richard Burton's first hit film The Robe; and the Danny Kaye vehicle Knock on Wood (1954).
Askin's roles throughout the 50's were pretty much in this "menacing figure" vein, so little did anyone suspect that around the corner, Billy Wilder would be offering him his most memorable screen role - that of the Russian commissar Peripetschikof who gleefully embraces Amercian Capitalism in the scintillating politcal satire, One, Two, Three (1961). Who can forget this wonderfully exchange between Peripetschikof and Coca Cola executive C.R. MacNamara (James Cagney):
Peripetschikof: I have a great idea to make money. I have a storage full of saurkraut and I'll sell it as Christmas tree tinsil!
MacNamara: You're a cinch!
His performance for Wilder was wonderfully comedic and wholly memorable, and after One, Two, Three the film roles for Askin got noticable better, especially in Lulu and The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (both 1962); but he began to find prominent guest shots on hit television shows too: My Favorite Martian and The Outer Limits to name a few; yet his big break came in 1965, when for six seasons he played General Albert Burkhalter, the Nazi general who was forever taking Col. Kilink's ineptitude to task in Hogan's Heroes (1965-71).
Roles dried up for Askin after the run of Hogan's Heroes, save for the occassional guest spot on television: Diff'rent Strokes, Three's Company, Happy Days; and parts in forgettable comedies: Going Ape! (1981), Airplane II: The Sequel (1982). After years of seclusion, Askin relocated to his birthplace of Vienna in 1994, and he began taking parts in numerous stage productions almost to his death. In 2002, he received the highest national award for an Austrian citizen when he was bestowed with the Austrian Cross of Honor, First Class, for Science and Art. He is survived by his third wife of three years, Anita Wicher.
by Michael T. Toole
Leon Askin (1907-2005)
Although this film is set in Europe, the entire production was filmed on the 20th Century Fox backlot in Hollywood.
Pierre Salinger's role May have been cut from the film before release.
Released in United States 1965
Released in United States 1965