These films from the 1950s are pretty innocent by today's standards but represented the height of sophistication at the time. Doris Day was beautiful, sexy and talented but she played the girl next door to perfection, with her clean-cut innocence. She did comedy very well, with great timing and delivery.
Pillow Talk is about a quarrel between Jan (Doris Day) and the Lothario who shares her party line, Brad (Rock Hudson). It is a frothy enough comedy, but it has been entered into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, for being culturally significant, in tribute to American film heritage. I loved it and, obviously, so did Congress!
There were three films starring Doris Day, Rock Hudson and Tony Randall, regarded as a great comic trio. Lover Come Back is another delightfully escapist film, nominated for an Oscar for best script. The scene at the end where Hudson and Day are married as she travels by hospital trolley to give birth to their child is wonderful.
The third film made starring these three was Send Me No Flowers, but this pack features a different film.
It Happened to Jane pairs Day with Jack Lemmon in another inspired partnership. Day plays a businesswoman and Lemmon is her lawyer, embroiled in a court case against a railway company. It is another charming romantic comedy with a humorous happy ending.
These are my kind of movie - funny, escapist and innocent.