Six You Get Eggroll on DVD
A horrible title that would probably be branded racist today, the
phrase parrots a throwaway line later in the film. But don’t
let that stop you from watching this movie; it’s far better
than its silly title would hint.
Doris Day, as usual, sparkles in this movie about a widow with
three boys whose romance with a widower (Brian Keith) with a teenage
daughter (a young Barbara Hershey) is fraught with ups and downs.
There’s wonderful chemistry between Day and Keith, both of
whom come off as a pair of comfortable old blue jeans. There’s
also good chemistry, and some wonderful sparks, between the kids
who suddenly find their lives turned topsy turvey as the two separate
families quickly blend before they’re really ready for it.
This movie came out in 1968 and it really shows. It’s a fascinating
time capsule of the changing times of the era, with nuclear families
struggling in the world of free love and disposable relationships
that was being born.
The movie not only features the wonderful Doris Day and the warm
Brian Keith, but it has a charming script which, combined with Howard
Morris’ smooth direction combine to create a delightful movie
the type of which isn’t seen much these days with the possible
exception of “The Incredibles”.
As usual, Doris Day is completely convincing and natural on screen.
Those who say she played a professional virgin have never really
paid attention to her or noticed the effortless manner in which
she brings believability to her roles. She is at once sexy, warm,
womanly – and not virginal at all (just not a slut!).
Keith is both manly and gentlemanly, and the supporting cast (which
also includes Pat Carroll, Alice Ghostley, George Carlin, Barbara
Hershey, Jamie Farr, William Christopher – the last two of
whom achieved fame in the TV series M*A*S*H* ) round out the players
Apparently, this was Doris Day's last movie, so it’s nice
to see that she went out on top.
The DVD looks great, too. It’s presented in anamorphic widescreen
(16x9 TV compatible) with a bright and sharp and colorful image
that belies its age.
Audio is remixed into Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and though we
daresay there’s little or no surround, the overall audio quality
With Six You Get Eggroll, from Paramount Home Entertainment
94 min. anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1, 16x9 TV compatible), Dolby
Digital 5.1 surround
Starring Doris Day, Brian Keith, Pat Carroll, Barbara Hershey, George
Produced by Martin Melcher,
Written by Gwen Bagni & Paul Dubov and Harvey Bullock &
R.S. Allen, directed by Howard Morris
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