A while back I had a Doris Day, Rock Hudson movie marathon weekend. I watched the Romance Collection which included Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers. They were all great and each one contained a great movie house or two.
In August I took you on a tour of the swanky New York apartments of Doris and Rock (Jerry and Carol) in the movie, Lover Come Back. You’ll find that tour here: Lover Come Back: Tour the New York Apartments in this Doris Day and Rock Hudson Classic . Out of all three movies, the movie that had the best “movie-house” in it to me was, Send Me No Flowers. Though the decorating is a bit old fashioned, I loved so many features of the home itself.
Send me no flowers debuted in 1964 so this is a nostalgic trip back. I think you’ll be surprised how many things haven’t changed or have just been re-tweeked for today’s homes.
Ready to go for a ride in my time machine?
Here’s our first glimpse of the house as the milk, eggs and yogurt are being delivered. Are you old enough to remember having milk delivered? You’re not going to believe this but there was a guy who delivered milk in my town just a few years back. He may still be doing it. You just kept a cooler outside and he tucked it into the cooler when he left it during the wee hours of the morning while everyone was still asleep. I had it delivered for a while, just for the romantic notion of the idea. It was like magic opening that cooler and finding a gallon of milk inside.
The house looks pretty modest from the outside. It has a cedar shake roof, is cedar-shingled on the lower half and appears to have siding across the top half. Love the cute window boxes on the upstairs windows. You can’t see it for the tree, but there’s one more window over on the left. Bay windows were really big during this time and you’ll see several in the home. I’d buy this house today but I think I’d beefed up those front columns on the porch. They don’t do the entrance justice, do they?
I won’t go through the whole story of the movie since my main focus is checking out the house, but periodically I’ll explain a bit here and there so the scenes make sense. The movie starts off with a very funny scene as Judy (played by Doris Day) discovers she has locked herself out of her home with her house coat caught in the locked door. She bangs frantically on the door but hubby, George, is in the shower and doesn’t answer. She ends up having to take off the house coat so she can hightail to the rear of the home, hoping to get in through the back door. You can just imagine where the eggs, yogurt, etc… end up with all this going on. I love homes that have the wider sidelights like this.
As Judy frantically runs down the side toward the back of her home, we catch a glimpse of one of several Dutch doors you’ll see in the home. Note the wonderful the cathedral arched-style window in the top of this double door. Love that!
This picture always cracks me up because it shows how fast Judy is running, hoping to not be seen by the neighbors. I think the house we see on the other side of the hedge belongs to their neighbor, Arnold, who is played by Tony Randall.
The back door leading out onto the patio is also a Dutch door with another wonderful cathedral arched window. We see another bay window…love all the windows in this house!
Here’s how this area of the home looks from the inside. Note the fabulous coffered ceiling. This really is a great house! Just love some of the details we’ll see as we tour it.
Let’s start our tour inside with the front entrance. Here’s the view of the front door and entry. Love all the paneled doors and paneled walls. Just makes a home feel so solid and so well-built.
There’s a sweeping stairway with a carpeted runner up the center. Okay, I have to mention this. See the lemon or apple tree off to the left. Recognize it? Where have we seen it before?
Remember this scene in the dining room of Carol’s New York apartment in our, Lover Come Back, movie house tour? There it is! Guess there was a little recycling going on with the movie props.
One final look at the staircase in the entry in, Send Me No Flowers. Umm, there’s a giant wrist-watch clock on the wall.
There are a few scenes in the living room. This period was right before the 70’s and already we see a lot of brown, beige and neutrals. The mantel and surround almost appear to have a faux finish. Maybe they were trying to make it look like stained wood.
The lamp shades are back in style now. See the seating area back there behind the sofa? Love these big bays…they feel like mini sunrooms throughout the house.
Here’s a view looking across the seating area into another area of the home. I think the door we see may be the first Dutch door we saw when Judy was making her mad dash around to the back in her nightie. You get a glimpse of the bar, strategically located for parties right off the living room.
Here’s a view of the other side of the living room. In this movie, George (Rock Hudson) is a big time hypochondriac who takes a gazillion vitamins/pills each day. He’s eternally convinced he is sick or going to become sick. The plot throughout much of the movie is centered around George’s belief that he has just six months to live. He gets that crazy idea after overhearing a telephone conversation between his doctor and another doctor when they are talking about another patient.
George is totally wrong in his belief that he only has six months to live, but it makes for some interesting moments in the movie. In the picture below, his doctor has stopped by their home to assure Judy that George is totally healthy. She is fuming mad because he’s had her worried sick. Let’s go check out the kitchen, next.
The kitchen really feels pretty modern with its white cabinetry and stainless steel counter tops. Update: Colleen emailed to say the counters may be yellow with just a metal edge. After looking a bit closer, I think she may be right. What do you think?
Note all the color coordination with the yellow walls, yellow canisters, yellow phone and pale yellow curtains.
Even the appliances appear to be stainless…or maybe that was aluminum back then. Fifty years later, stainless is in style!
Another view of the other end of the kitchen leading out to the carport. Remember the spice racks for the wall?
Well, except for the fridge. Does that color look familiar?
It’s very similar to the one we saw in our tour of Carol’s apartment in the movie, Lover Come Back filmed three years before in 1961.
A glimpse into the built-in pantry. Love the depth of the shelves…perfect for canned goods and small items.
The breakfast area is one of my fave areas of this home.
We get a view of another wonderful bay window with a built-in window seat. Isn’t it interesting that after all this time, window seats are still as popular as ever. I still love them! I also love all the paneled doors and moldings we see throughout.
It appears we have a painted brick fireplace in the breakfast room…wish we could see more of it. So folks were painting brick fireplaces even back in the 60’s! Interesting, huh? We have a back stairway, too. Love back stairways!
This was the view as George started up the back stairway. Have no idea where the balcony is that we see beyond. Maybe it’s part of the entry? I never could totally figure out the layout of this movie house.
I think this is the dining room. It’s not the breakfast area because the table is different. There’s the bar area again with Arnold, the neighbor, helping himself to a drink. Arnold begins drinking heavily in the movie when he learns his friend, George, only has six months to live, which of course, is totally false.
I think the stairs we see in the background are those in the entry. The interior was pretty open for the 60’s, wasn’t it? Let’s go upstairs and check out George and Judy’s master bedroom. What color do you think the color scheme will be? Hint: Remember the main color in the kitchen?
Yep, it’s yellow…kind of a gold-yellow. There’s wallpaper on one wall. Remember when wallpapering one accent wall in a room was big? Actually, come to think of it, I still see that done today, only the wallpaper is usually a geometric design. The headboard and lamps could be dropped in a home today, couldn’t they. Upholstered headboards are really popular now. Notice how the comforter is accented with a fabric that’s the same as the pattern of the wallpaper.
Another view of the room. You have to watch the movie to understand that look on Judy’s face. She is totally put-out with George now that she knows he isn’t really dying. She thinks he’s actually having an affair and has concocted that story to get sympathy and hide the affair. That look on her face is a “I’m going to get you for this” look! What do you think about those window shades? Pretty fancy how they coordinate with the wallpaper.
There’s that look again! Ha! I had to include this picture because of the clock behind her. That so reminds me of all the sunburst mirrors alllll over Blogland and Pinterest today. Replace the clock with a mirror and it fits right into today’s popular decor styles. We just recycle the old styles into new things, dont’ we?
Another view of the room…velvet upholstered chairs are pretty popular today, too. I guess some styles are just classic and never really leave us.
Let check out the master bath and dressing area. Right off I see a beautiful chandelier in Judy’s dressing area.
More views of the dressing areas with the old traditional shutters (not plantation shutters) on the windows.
This bathroom would almost work for today…very neutral.
Okay, I thought this was pretty cool. It looks like just a bank of mirrors, right?
The mirrored doors slide open to reveal a huge medicine cabinet. Love all that storage! Can you tell George is a bit of a hypochondriac?
So, what did you think of this movie house? A few updates and I could move right in. I love the back yard, patio area and all the windows, especially those bays!
Bonus Info: I was thinking Judy and George’s house reminded me a lot of the homes you see in the movie The Burbs, which was filmed on what Universal Studios called “Colonial Street.” Here’s a shot of the neighborhood from Send Me No Flowers.
An astute reader noticed how much the front looked like the Cleaver home in Leave it to Beaver. I think it is the same house, but with a porch added across the front.
Here’s the Leave it to Beaver house…photo below from here. Looks the same, doesn’t it…just without the porch.
Love Doris Day/Rock Hudson movies? Tour the New York Apartments in the movie, Lover Come Back, here: Lover Come Back: Tour the New York Apartments in this Doris Day, Rock Hudson Classic
You’ll find more movie house tours under the heading Home Tours at the top of BNOTP or here: Movie House Tours