Do Not Disturb

Date: 1965
Director: Ralph Levy
Production Company: Melcher-Arcola Productions

Stars: Doris Day, Rod Taylor, Sergio Fantoni, Hermione Baddeley
Location(s): California (USA), London

Region(s): ,

Storyline:

An American businessman and his wife, Janet and Mike, move to England where Mike works for a company that deals in textiles and fashions.  Mike prefers to live in London, but Janet has other ideas of living in the countryside of Kent, England. This results in Mike having to commute to London by train and he eventually starts to stay in London for work.  Janet feels neglected and starts to think that Mike is having an affair with his attractive secretary. Her suspicions are held up by their Landlady, Vanessa Courtwright who thinks that Janet should do the same. Whilst in town looking for antiques, she meets Paul Bellari an antiques dealer and possible acquaintance to have an affair with.

 

Additional Information:

Screen captures by Ray Edwards

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The opening shot is an aerial view looking towards the House of Parliament in London which pans to take in Westminster Abbey.

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The shot continue to pan around past Westminster Abbey to zoom and fade towards the Victoria Street area.

The camera then finds this scene of Eaton Square in Belgravia, the location of character Mike Harper's business.

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From ground level, by Peter.

A London black cab arrives outside 80 Eaton Square SW1. This terrace is seen in 'The Lady is a Square' and other parts of the square feature in 'The Stud', 'Cool it Carol' and 'Aunt Clara'.

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Peter takes a closer view.

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Janet Harper (Doris Day) gets out of the cab and struggles with her fare. This is clearly a back projection as Doris Day never visited England during the filming of this movie.

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Janet and Mike Harper's rented English country cottage. A very elaborate stage set.

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Janet shouts from her car to her husband Mike Harper (Rod Taylor) outside their new English home.

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The need arises from Janet and Mike to meet a friend at the local railway station so they drive through the 'English' countryside to Twombley.

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Continuing their search for Twombley station, they drive through 'typical English country lanes'.

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They happen to come across some local Birdwatchers. Looking at the last three stills it is fairly obvious that these scenes were not filmed in England.

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Janet and Mike still looking for the railway station drive along another 'English' country lane. Clearly this is countryside usually seen in the United States of America.

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Janet and Mike Harper driving around the countryside. Nearly all scenes in the car are in front of a back projection.

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To add to the comedy of the movie, Janet whilst driving on her native right-hand side, encounters a car transporter lorry driving on the left-hand side!

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Later on, whilst Mike is at work, Janet uses a local village telephone box to contact him. A very typical English village scene filmed and used as a back projection.

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Janet, whilst in the local town shopping for clothes, comes across Vanessa Courtwright (Hermione Baddeley) the landlady of her new home. Notice the London black cab in the background. The same cab is used during the first scenes with Doris Day and this is clearly a studio back lot.

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Janet befriends antiques dealer Paul Bellari (Sergio Fantoni) whilst out looking for antiques in a street market. Again this is clearly on the back lot in California.

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Janet decides to visit Paul's home in Paris, France. Yet another set.

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