The films of Doris Day and Rock Hudson

When you look at the history of movies, many screen couples come to mind: Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, William Powell and Myrna Loy, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.  But one couple stands out: Doris Day and Rock Hudson.

In the early 1960s, these two stars broke box office records with a series of three films.  Although these movies were not great art, they were fun romantic comedies sharing a simple premise: boy meets girl, boy and girl dislike each other, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl break up due to some misunderstanding, boy and girl reunite at the end.

  • Pillow Talk (1959)-Day plays a successful interior decorator who seems content as a single woman who shares a telephone party line with Hudson, a handsome playboy composer.  Although initially irritated by each others use of the shared phone line, they eventually fall in love.  Tony Randall and Thelma Ritter are hilarious in supporting roles.
  • Lover Come Back (1961)-Day and Hudson are rival advertising executives after the same account.  A true battle of the sexes as they try to steal the account from each other.  Tony Randall again adds support.
  • Send Me No Flowers (1964)-This time Day and Hudson are a happily married suburban couple.  When hypochondriac Hudson mistakenly assumes that he is dying, he attempts to settle his affairs and find a suitable replacement to support Day.  Once she finds out, she manages to turn the tables on him.  Once again, Randall completes the trio.

Afterward, both Doris Day and Rock Hudson attempted similar films with other co-stars: Day with James Garner and Rod Taylor, Hudson with Leslie Caron and Gina Lollobrigida.  None shared the lasting success as these three movies.

Do you have a favorite Rock Hudson/Doris Day movie?