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Send Me No Flowers (1964)

Before he made his name directing such socially conscious dramas as In the Heat of the Night (1967), TCM’s good friend Norman Jewison was one of Hollywood’s top comedy directors. He had already scored with Doris Day’s The Thrill of It All (1963) when he was tapped to direct the third and final film teaming her with Rock Hudson and Tony Randall. SEND ME NO FLOWERS picks up where their previous two films had ended, with Day and Hudson already married. Through a series of misunderstandings, he comes to believe he’s dying while she thinks he’s cheating. Although contemporary critics missed the sexual innuendo of their earlier films, more recently, some have hailed it as the best of their three team-ups offering a surprisingly trenchant view of middle-class suburban life. 

d. Norman Jewison, 110m, DCP