This new DVD is a must-have, not only for Doris Day fans but for everyone who is inspired by the magic of the holiday season. These three episodes culled from the three holiday episodes of the CBS smash hit "The Doris Day Show" will have you grinning ear to ear.
"The Doris Day Show" ran on the Tiffany Network for five hugely popular years (1968 - 1973). There were three holiday-themed episodes (1969, 1970 and 1971) and they are combined in this fancy new release with lots of extras. For those who already own the five seasons of the series, this is still a must have since the extras alone make it worth its weight in gold. Foremost among them is new commentary by Miss Day as well as newsreels, audio, other clips and the opportunity to have this all together for a most affordable price tag.
Each holiday episode has its own merits. The 1969 episode brings Day and her television family (2 sons and her father) as well as her co-workers at Today's World, to her farm home for an old-fashioned Christmas. It is genuine, heartfelt and amusing. By the time of the 1970 episode, Day's character had relocated to a stunning apartment in San Francisco, over an Italian Restaurant run by Kaye Ballard and Bernie Koppell. She had also inherited a "Scrooge-like" neighbor, played by the beloved Billy DeWolfe. Her co-workers at the magazine (Rose Marie, Paul Smith and MacLean Stevenson) are again on-hand and the episode is very funny. The highlight for me, however, is Day's sparkling rendition of "Silver Bells". Her "pipes" are in amazing condition and as she did the previous year, at the conclusion of the episode she directly addresses the viewing audience to wish them a happy holiday. It is so real, honest and genuinely moving. Few performers could get away with making it so natural, but Day does it brilliantly.
The final episode from the 1971-1972 season drops the warm and fuzzy family holiday spirit and involves the search for a killer who masquerades as Santa Claus. Thanks to Charles Nelson Reilly's guest performance it works for me. It's one of the better written episodes from the show's fourth season and Day, as always, is in good form as is the series' new supporting cast. Although Miss Day doesn't step out of character and wish the audience the holiday wish from the previous two years, she and Cy Bennett, her boss at Today's World, catch on television the previous episode with Day sending her holiday wishes, right before the set blows up after a bit of tongue in cheek exchange between Day and John Dehner who is a delight as Bennett.
The extras are beautifully presented and the entire package is up to the standard of the previous releases of the show's five seasons as well as Day's two CBS television musical specials.
You'll have wonderful memories after viewing this latest Doris Day release and keep it handy for viewing during a summer heat wave. It's a guaranteed surefire way to keep cool.