17 November 2015 | SimonJack
Light comedy romance is Doris Day's last film
"With Six You Get Eggroll" is a light comedy-romance with a very familiar theme by its date. Widow and widower with kids still at home meet, fall in love and decide to tie the knot again, only to be challenged by their respective offspring. But, Doris Day and Brian Keith carry it off fine, with the help of her three sons and his daughter. Doris plays Abby McClure and Brian plays Jake Iverson. The cast are all good, and there are some very funny scenes especially in the beginning, when Abby and Jake meet up for the first time at a party she throws.
This was Doris Day's last movie. She made only 42 films in her entire career and retired from the screen and TV early. Except for her last few films, arranged by hubby Martin Melcher to bail out the estate he had poorly managed for years, Doris Day's star shone bright for movie and TV audiences alike for 25 years. Many, many fans and movie buffs would have loved to see Day in more films. After Melcher died in 1968, Doris hit it big with her own TV series, The Doris Day Show. It ran for five seasons, and after her last episode on March 12, 1973, she ended her performing career for good. She was just 50 years old.
Probably no other actress with such a bleak background and problem- filled personal life has done more to lift peoples' spirits by her talents. Doris Day was indeed a bright spot in the entertainment world. She was equally adept at dramatic and mystery roles, but her endearing talents shone best in her musicals and comedy-romances. She was one of a rare breed of screen, stage and TV stars who could act, sing, and dance and who excelled at comedy. She never won an Oscar but was nominated nine years for Golden Globes as the favorite female film star in the world – winning three times, in 1958, 1960, and 1963.
Brian Keith's background is very different. Except for a few uncredited parts in movies since childhood, his acting career didn't get started until the early 1950s when he appeared in several TV series. His first male lead came in a 1956 movie, "Storm Center," with Bette Davis. After that, he had many roles in films, TV movies and TV shows, and continued acting until his death in 1997 at age 75. He was in more than 160 films and TV shows.
"With Six You Get Eggroll" is a simple, light comedy-romance that most should enjoy. It's a good family film that may be a little slow for kids of the 21st century.