Caprice (1967)

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18 November 1998 | Ralph McKnight
A "Mod" Doris Day Thriller
"Caprice" was made near the end of Doris Day's spectacular film career. It was met with mixed reviews by the New York critics. But, when I saw the film at Radio City Music Hall, the audience seemed to enjoy it.

The opening credits were very clever and there was a spectacular beginning to the film, a ski chase with the villain in black and the victim in white getting shot to death.

Doris Day was dressed in mod attire and gave her usual professional performance. The plot was the film's biggest problem. It was very complicated and it takes two or three viewings to grasp everything.

Richard Harris was a good choice to play opposite Miss Day. He later said that, even though he didn't like "Caprice", he was delighted to work with Miss Day, a true expert in the comedy field. He stated that he learned more from her about comedy than he could have learned in years at the Royal Academy. Nice words.

This picture could have been good, if they had cut several scenes. I liked the rapport that Miss Day had with Edward Mulhare in their scenes together. She also worked well with Lilia Skala, Ray Walston and Jack Kruschen. There was a funny bit, which Doris played with Michael J. Pollard in a movie theatre, that was showing Doris Day and Richard Harris in "Caprice".

Doris Day is a "natural" actress. She uses props well and approaches her material from a realistic standpoint. You believe her, even when she is thrusted in the most unbelievable situations. Miss Day was very good near the end of the picture when she confronted Ray Walson, in drag, and then Edward Mulhare who sent her on an unexpected helicopter ride.

There were some exciting scenes, especially the one when Doris is being chased down the slopes by the man who killed her father in the beginning of the film. The resulting "rescue" was directly out of the old '40s cliffhangers.

It has become fashionable to dismiss "Caprice", but if you are a Doris Day fan, you might enjoy it if you can ignore some of the "cuteness" director Frank Tashlin threw into the plot.

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