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Doris Day


Doris Day was one of the biggest box office stars in Hollywood history. From her first film Romance on the High Seas, she has remained enormously popular with audiences.

Doris began her career while still a teenager, singing with big bands. Her first hit, Sentimental Journey, was one of many, including It's Magic and Que Sera Sera. She continued recording throughout her acting career, becoming one of the most popular singers of all time.

Her film career started in 1948, in mostly light-hearted musicals (including her favorite, Calamity Jane). Her departure from Warners in 1955 allowed her more challenging work, such as Love Me or Leave Me and The Pajama Game. In 1959, Doris began a string of sophisticated comedies with Rock Hudson, where she typically played a chic, independent career woman. She had a natural talent for comedy, and these films were hugely successful.

As much as she loved singing and acting, her passion has been the love and care of animals. The Doris Day Animal Foundation is a national, nonprofit public charity, whose mission is to help animals and the people who love them. You can learn about it at

The Stanford Theatre is dedicated to bringing back the movie-going experience of Hollywood's Golden Age. It is one of the few places where you can still watch movies on a big screen projected the way they were intended — in 35mm prints. Great classic films were not made to be watched on a video screen in your living room. They depend on a larger-than-life image, and the shared reactions of a real audience.

The Stanford Theatre first opened in June of 1925. For decades nearly every important Hollywood picture played there on its first release. The people of Palo Alto saw them all for the very first time in this theatre.

In 1987 the Packard Foundation bought the theatre and restored it to its original condition. It quickly became America's most popular classic movie house. More people saw Casablanca there on its 50th anniverary in 1992 than at any other theatre in America.

The non-profit Stanford Theatre Foundation is dedicated to the preservation and public exhibition of films from the Golden Age of Hollywood. This means classic movies in a classic movie palace, complete with Wurlitzer organ rising from the orchestra pit every night before and after the 7:30 show, or providing the accompaniment to “silent” films.

Note: This is an unofficial posting of the Stanford Theatre schedules, from published information. This site is in no way connected with the Stanford Theatre nor the Stanford Theatre Foundation. Please check out the official site at in case this schedule isn't quite up-to-date! Programs are subject to change. For information, call (650) 324-3700.

(Showtimes in parentheses are for the Saturday and Sunday screenings.)

April 15 – 18: closed

April 19 – 21:
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) (3:10), 7:30
d Alfred Hitchcock. w John Michael Hayes, Angus Macphail, based on a story by Charles Bennett and D.B. Wyndham-Lewis. ph Robert Burks. m Bernard Herrmann. Paramount. 120 min.

James Stewart (Dr. Ben McKenna), Doris Day (Jo McKenna), Brenda de Banzie (Mrs. Drayton), Bernard Miles (Mr. Drayton), Ralph Truman (Buchanan), Daniel Gelin (Louis Bernard), Mogens Wieth (Ambassador), Alan Mowbray (Val Parnell), Hillary Brooke (Jan Peterson), Christopher Olsen (Hank McKenna), Reggie Nalder (Rien, the Assassin), Richard Wattis (Assistant Manager), Noel Willman (Woburn), Alix Talton (Helen Parnell), Yves Brainville (Police Inspector), Carolyn Jones (Cindy Fontaine).

When a doctor on vacation in Morocco (Stewart, in his third Hitchcock film) accidentally hears a secret message, his son is kidnapped to ensure his silence. This is a remake of Hitchcock's 1934 British film with the same title and basic story, and the famous suspenseful scene in Albert Hall where a murder is planned to coincide with a cymbal crash during a concert.

Doris Day sings the Oscar-winning Que sera, sera.

"The reason why the cantata record is played twice is to prevent any confusion in the viewer's mind about the events that are to follow... It was also important that the public be able not only to recognize the sound of the cymbals but to anticipate it in their minds. Knowing what to expect, they wait for it to happen. This conditioning of the viewer is essential to the build-up of suspense." Hitchcock

Cameo appearance from the back, watching Arab acrobats.

first played at the Stanford Theatre June 14, 1956; last played June 2018

Young at Heart (1954) 5:20, 9:40
d Gordon Douglas. w Julius J. Epstein, Lenore Coffee, from the novel Sister Act by Fannie Hurst. ph Ted McCord. md Ray Heindorf. Warner Bros. 117 min.

Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Ethel Barrymore, Gig Young, Dorothy Malone, Robert Keith, Elizabeth Fraser, Alan Hale, Jr..

A music professor with three daughters welcomes a composer and his cynical friend into their household. The youngest daughter falls in love with the composer, but marries the friend after a misunderstanding.

A musical remake of the 1938 film Four Daughters, this is a very melancholy story where Frank Sinatra, in the John Garfield role, seems at the end of his rope, with Doris Day trying to save him. It is the one time Day worked with Sinatra.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Jan 21, 1955; last played Sep 2017

April 22 – 23: closed

April 24 – 25:
Romance on the High Seas (1948) 7:30
d Michael Curtiz. w Julius J. and Philip G. Epstein. ph Elwood Bredell. m/ly Ray Heindorf, Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn. Warner Bros. 99 min.

Jack Carson, Janis Paige, Don DeFore, Doris Day, Oscar Levant, S.Z. Sakall, Eric Blore, Franklin Pangborn, Fortunio Bonanova.

A jealous wife arranges for an out-of-work singer to impersonate her on a cruise to Rio in order to stay home and spy on her husband. Meanwhile, the husband hires a private investigator to follow his "wife".

first played at the Stanford Theatre Aug 15, 1948; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation

By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953) 5:35, 9:20
d David Butler. w Robert O'Brien & Irving Ellison, suggested by Booth Tarkington's Penrod stories. ph Wilfred M. Cline. m Max Steiner. Warner Bros. 102 min.

Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Leon Ames, Rosemary DeCamp, Billy Gray, Mary Wickes, Russell Arms.

Doris' sweetheart return from WW I, but wants to get married. Meanwhile, her family has various (mis)adventures of their own. Leon Ames, the father from Meet Me in St. Louis, is perfectly cast as another exasperated father.

first played at the Stanford Theatre May 21, 1953; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation

April 26 – 28:
Pillow Talk (1959) (3:45), 7:30
d Michael Gordon. w Stanley Shapiro, Maurice Richlin, Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene. ph Arthur E. Arling. m Frank de Vol. Universal. 110 min.

Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall, Thelma Ritter, Nick Adams, Julia Meade, Allen Jenkins, Marcel Dalio, Lee Patrick.

To their mutual loathing, a womanizing playboy and a prim interior decorator are forced to share a party line.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Dec 5, 1998; last played Sep 2006

Send Me No Flowers (1964) 5:40, 9:25
d Norman Jewison. w Julius J. Epstein, based on the play by Norman Barasch & Carroll Moore. ph Daniel Fapp. m/ly Frank DeVol, Hal David, Burt Bacharach. Universal. 100 min.

Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Paul Lynde, Hal March, Edward Andrews, Patricia Barry.

A hypochondriac mistakenly believes he is dying, so he decides to find a new husband for his wife before he expires.

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April 29 – 30: closed

May 1 – 2:
Midnight Lace (1960) 7:30
d David Miller. w Ivan Goff & Ben Roberts, based on the play by Janet Green. ph Russell Metty. m Frank Skinner. Universal. 109 min.

Doris Day, Rex Harrison, John Gavin, Myrna Loy, Roddy McDowall, Herbert Marshall.

A new wife living in London has a mysterious and deadly stalker. Myrna Loy is a welcome relief as Doris' sensible aunt.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Nov 16, 1960; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation

Tea for Two (1950) 5:40, 9:30
d David Butler. w Harry Clork & William Jacobs, from a play by Otto A. Harbach, Frank Mandel, & Emil Nyitri. ph Wilfrid M. Cline. m Vincent Youmans. Warner Bros. 98 min.

Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Gene Nelson, Eve Arden, Billy De Wolfe, S.Z. Sakall, Bill Goodwin, Patrice Wymore, Virginia Gibson.

An heiress bets $25,000 that she can answer "no" to any request for 48 hours

Loosely based on the Broadway musical No, No, Nanette.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Oct 22, 1950; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation

May 3 – 5:
Love Me or Leave Me (1955) (3:30), 7:30
d Charles Vidor. w Daniel Fuchs & Isobel Lennart. ph Arthur E. Arling. m Nicholas Brodsky, Percy Faith, George E. Stoll. MGM. 123 min.

Doris Day, James Cagney, Cameron Mitchell, Robert Keith, Tom Tully, Harry Bellaver, Richard Gaines.

This biography of singer Ruth Etting was a major success for Doris Day. Unlike many glossy musical biographies, it provided an unusually frank portrayal of Etting's relationship with her racketeer husband, played by Cagney with his usual demonic energy.

first played at the Stanford Theatre July 23, 1994; last played Jul. 1994

Storm Warning (1951) 5:45, 9:45
d Stuart Heider. w Daniel Fuchs. ph Carl E. Guthrie. m Daniele Amfitheatrof. Warner Bros. 92 min.

Ginger Rogers, Ronald Reagan, Doris Day, Steve Cochran, Hugh Sanders, Lloyd Gough, Raymond Greenleaf.

Arriving in town to visit her sister, a woman witnesses a murder by the KKK. She is horrified to learn that one of the killers is her new brother-in-law. Doris Day plays Ginger Rogers' younger sister. This gritty film was Doris' first non-singing role, and she does something here that she doesn't do in any of her other films. You'll have to watch to see what it is.

Doris recalled she met Hitchcock at a party when he told her "I saw you in Storm Warning. Good, very good. I hope to use you in one of my pictures." Six years later he cast her in The Man Who Knew Too Much.

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May 6 – 7: closed

May 8 – 9:
My Dream Is Yours (1949) 7:30
d Michael Curtiz. w Harry Kurnitz, Dane Lussier, Allen Rivkin, & Laura Kerr. ph Ernest Haller, Wilfrid M. Cline. m Harry Warren. Warner Bros. 102 min.

Jack Carson, Doris Day, Lee Bowman, Adolphe Menjou, Eve Arden, S.Z. Sakall, Selena Royle, Edgar Kennedy, Sheldon Leonard, Franklin Pangborn.

An agent recruits an unknown girl singer to be the next big radio star. Doris dances with Bugs Bunny, and Tweety makes a special appearance.

first played at the Stanford Theatre June 16, 1949; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation

It's a Great Feeling (1949) 5:55, 9:20
d David Butler. w Jack Rose & Mel Shavelson, from a story by I.A.L. Diamond. ph Wilfrid M. Cline. m/ly Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn. Warner Bros. 85 min.

Dennis Morgan, Doris Day, Jack Carson, Bill Goodwin, Irving Bacon, Claire Carleton.

Jack Carson and Dennis Morgan play themselves in this backstage musical (with cameos by many Warners stars, including Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Errol Flynn, Danny Kaye, Patricia Neal, Ronald Reagan, Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, and more). Doris Day is an aspiring actress who gets caught up in Jack and Dennis' crazy schemes.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Oct 9, 1949; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation

May 10 – 12:
The Pajama Game (1957) (3:45), 7:30
d Stanley Donen. w George Abbott, Richard Bissell, from the book Seven and a Half Cents by Richard Bissell. ph Harry Stradling. m/ly Richard Adler, Jerry Ross. Warner Bros. 101 min.

Doris Day, John Raitt, Carol Haney, Eddie Foy Jr., Reta Shaw, Barbara Nichols, Thelma Pelish, Jack Straw.

Doris heads the Grievance Committee representing employees at the Sleeptite Pajama Factory. When a new superintendant is hired, the two of them are attracted to one another, but work gets in the way.

This is a rare opportunity to see this exuberant musical on the big screen, choreographed by Bob Fosse. The Steam Heat and Hernando's Hideaway numbers are standouts, and Carol Haney is wonderful.

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Calamity Jane (1953) 5:35, 9:20
d David Butler. w James O'Hanlon. ph Wilfrid Cline. m/ly Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster. Warner Bros. 101 min.

Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn McLerie, Phil Carey, Dick Wesson, Paul Harvey.

One of Doris' best-loved roles (she sings Secret Love) is this highly fictitious account of the circuitous romance of Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickock.

This was Doris' favorite of her films.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Aug 2, 2001; last played Sep 2017

May 13 – 14: closed

May 15 – 16:
April in Paris (1952) 7:30
d David Butler. w Jack Rose * Melville Shavelson. ph Wilfrid M. Cline. m/ly Vernon Duke, Sammy Cahn, E.Y. Harburg. Warner Bros. 101 min.

Doris Day, Ray Bolger, Claude Dauphin, Eve Miller, George Givot, Paul Harvey, Herbert Farjeon.

When the wrong Ethel (not Barrymore, but a chorus girl played by Doris) is invited to Paris to represent the American Theatre, a diplomat tries to rectify the mix-up.

While the story is slight, and Doris and Ray Bolger seem an unlikely duo, the singing and dancing received high praise.

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Julie (1956) 5:40, 9:20
w/d Andrew L. Stone. ph Fred Jackman, Jr. m Leith Stevens. Warner Bros. 98 min.

Doris Day, Louis Jourdan, Barry Sullivan, Frank Lovejoy, John Gallaudet, Jack Kruschen, Jack Kelly.

A flight attendant tries to escape her psychotic husband. The climax takes place on board an airliner, and Doris has to land it by herself.

Julie was filmed on location in Carmel, where Doris Day eventually (and happily) retired.

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May 17 – 19:
Lover Come Back (1961) (3:35), 7:30
d Delbert Mann. w Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning. ph Arthur E. Arling. m Frank de Vol. Universal-International. 107 min.

Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall, Jack Oakie, Edie Adams.

Two rival advertising executives compete over an account for a product (Vip!) that doesn't exist.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Feb 21, 1962; last played December 1998

Move Over, Darling (1963) 5:35, 9:30
d Michael Gordon. w Hal Kanter & Jack Sher, story by Leo McCarey, based on the 1940 story and screenplay by Bella Spewack & Samuel Spewack. ph Daniel L. Fapp. m Lionel Newman. 20th Century Fox. 103 min.

Doris Day, James Garner, Polly Bergen, Thelma Ritter, Fred Clark, Don Knotts, Elliott Reid, Edgar Buchanan, John Astin, Pat Harrington, Jr.

A woman who was thought lost at sea is rescued and returns on the same day her husband gets re-married. This is a remake of My Favorite Wife, and there is an amusing exchange referencing the original Irene Dunne / Cary Grant film.

Thelma Ritter is her wondeful laconic self (and gets to be uncharacteristically chic) as Doris' mother-in-law.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Jan 15, 1964; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation

May 20 – 21: closed

May 22 – 23:
Teacher's Pet (1958) 7:30
d George Seaton. w Fay Kanin & Michael Kanin. ph Haskell B. Boggs. m Roy Webb. Paramount. 121 min.

Clark Gable, Doris Day, Gig Young, Mamie Van Doren, Nick Adams, Marion Ross, Charles Lane.

A newspaper editor (Gable) who is dismissive of higher education masquerades as a student to teach the journalism professor (Doris) a lesson after she criticizes him.

first played at the Stanford Theatre Apr 8, 1958; first showing by the Stanford Theatre Foundation

The Tunnel of Love (1958) 5:40, 9:40
d Gene Kelly. w Joseph Fields & Peter De Vries. ph Robert J. Bronner. m Ruth Roberts. MGM. 99 min.

Doris Day, Richard Widmark, Gig Young, Gia Scala, Elisabeth Fraser.

After they have problems conceiving, a couple decides to go to an adoption agency.

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