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The Movies of Doris Day and Rock Hudson

Updated on August 22, 2013

and Tony Randall, too!

Beginning in 1959 with Pillow Talk, Doris Day and Rock Hudson starred together in three romantic comedies. The couple had a chemistry that came across easily on screen. They enjoyed working together and remained good friends until Hudson's death in 1985. Movie goers could see the affection these two had for each other and came back again and again to see more. The movies these two incredible actors made together are still favorites today. With hilarious co-stars like Tony Randall (who lent his talent and humor to all three films) and Paul Lynde, Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers are classics that find new fans every day.

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Pillow Talk

1959 / Romantic Comedy


Rock Hudson as Brad Allen

Doris Day as Jan Morrow

and Tony Randall as Jonathan Forbes

Pillow Talk is about a New York interior decorator (Day) who shares a party line with neighbor and composer, Brad Allen (Hudson), The party line is a telephone line that the two must share and it seems Jan Morrow is constantly having to wait for Brad to get off the phone. She's always needing it for work and he's always using it to talk to women. The two live in the same building but have never met, only spoken over their shared line. They finally meet when Jan's new client (Randall), who happens to also be Brad's best friend, tries to woo Jan and wants to talk about her with his best friend. When Brad meets her and discovers that not only is she the woman his friend has fallen for but also the neighbor he's been feuding with over the phone, he hides his identity by disguising his voice and pretending to be an out of town cowboy.

Pillow Talk won an Oscar for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay along with seven other awards as well as three more nominations.


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Lover Come Back

1962 / Romantic Comedy


Doris Day as Carol Templeton

Rock Hudson as Jerry Webster

and Tony Randall as Peter Ramsey

In Lover Come Back, a comedy about two ad executives competing to win the same account, Doris Day, Rock Hudson and Tony Randall come together again and prove their chemistry in Pillow Talk wasn't just a fluke. The three amp up the comedy in their second film together. This time, Day and Hudson work for rival advertising companies. Carol (Day) hates the way the competitor, Jerry (Hudson), uses sex and alcohol in his campaigns and tries to get him fired with the help of a woman he'd used. To save his job, Jerry bribes the woman who had planned to testify against him in front of the board and gives her a starring role in a new commercial for VIP. The problem is, there is no product and no such thing as VIP and Jerry now has to hire a scientist to invent the product for an ad campaign that's already being aired! In another case of mistaken identity, Carol meets Jerry but thinks he is the scientist that has created VIP, the new product everyone is talking about and tries to get him to hire instead of her rival to market his exciting new product.

Lover Come Back boasts three awards and three nominations, including an Oscar nom for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay.


Send Me No Flowers

1964 / Romantic Comedy


Doris Day as Judy

Rock Hudson as George

Tony Randall as Arnold

and Paul Lynde as Mr. Akins

In Send Me No Flowers, their third and final film together, Doris and Rock play a married couple. George (Hudson) is a hypochondriac and Judy (Day) is the understanding wife who loves him. During a doctor visit, George mistakes another man's diagnosis for his own and believes he is dying. Not wanting to leave his beloved wife alone once he's gone, George plots to find a replacement husband for her. With the help of his best friend, Arnold (Randall), George goes on the hunt for the man he thinks should be Judy's second husband. A visit from an old boyfriend of Judy's stirs jealousy in George and he struggles with his decision but carries on. When Judy learns of George's false diagnosis and plans, she suspects he is trying to cover up an affair and takes matters into her own hands.

Send Me No Flowers won two Laurel Awards in 1965 for best actress and actor in a comedy.

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      Selina Kyle 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Suzie! I just love them together :) Pillow Talk is such a good one!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      I love their films such a chemistry between them, Pillow Talk is my favorite and have seen so many times! Thanks for the trip down memory lane! Voted up+++ shared!

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      Selina Kyle 4 years ago

      LMAO Patriot Quest- thanks for the read and comment! And for the laugh! :)

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      Wayne Joel Bushong 4 years ago from America

      noticed the death certificate was changed on Rock Hudson, At first it was believed he died of they say it was food poisoning..........bad weenies..... LOL, I know I know.......don't judge me, great write, read every word!

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      Selina Kyle 4 years ago

      prektjr, Mhatter99 and suzzette--thank you for stopping by! I'm glad you liked it. They are great movies aren't they? I love these two together-they had some great chemistry :)

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      I have seen all three of these and they are hilarious. I love Doris Day and her movies are so enjoyable and usually funny. Thanks for a walk Dow memory lane.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Boy, those were the days. Thank you for this.

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      Debbie Carey 4 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      I have seen all of these and they are some of my absolute favorites! Thanks for a walk down memory lane! Voted up and interesting!