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The Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff Special (1971)


Bill Foster


Saul Ilson (as Ilson), Ernest Chambers (as Chambers) | 2 more credits »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »


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Cast overview:
Doris Day ... Herself
Perry Como ... Himself


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Comedy | Music







Release Date:

14 March 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Doris Day Special See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was one of two one-hour musical specials that were part of CBS' 1968 multi-million-dollar contract with Doris Day's production company, a contract that Day insists to this day was negotiated by her husband and manager Martin Melcher without her knowledge. When Melcher died suddenly in April of 1968, Day chose to go ahead and honor the contract, appearing in this special and Doris Day Today (1975), as well as starring in her popular, eponymous CBS sitcom for five seasons, from 1968-1974. See more »

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Songs are good the rest is syrup that is too sweet
6 May 2010 | by rontaubeSee all my reviews

I am a Doris Day fan and have been for fifty some years but this special which was like many made at the time to counteract the revolutionary music and feelings of the sixties is much too syrupy. If you want to see her sing her songs rent her movies and you'll get much better production values. I am also a Perry Como fan and they sing well together but look closely when they sing together. Doris is always trying to look Perry in the eye and kiss him and he is always avoiding her gaze and her kisses. He has never been demonstrative that way and is clearly uncomfortable with her advances whether they were for fun or more serious. In other words you are uncomfortable for him. I wonder if they even had a live audience. It is well known that Doris did not like to perform before a live audience and much of the laughter and applause does sound canned. Watch the set pieces and you can see that they are suddenly transported from sitting on the grass to Perry sitting on a pillow or something. So it was not shot live even and was stitched together later by a poor editor. If you want to learn more about Doris from this DVD you won't. Better to read the new book about her, that I am reading and watch her movies.

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