Day discusses being considered for the role of Nellie Forbush in the 1958 film of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific, a role that would seem to have been perfect for her warm, bubbly and wholesome persona. While Day says she met with the songwriters at the Beverly Hills Hotel to discuss playing the role, she discusses ultimately losing the part to Mitzi Gaynor with no audible trace of regret.
Day also touches on her work with singer Frank Sinatra and composer-arranger Andre Previn. Schwartz plays several of Day's recordings throughout the interview, including the Harold Arlen-"Yip" Harburg standard "Let's Take a Walk Around the Block" (originally written for the Broadway revue Life Begins at 8:40) and "Secret Love," one of Day's biggest hits, which came from the soundtrack to the film musical "Calamity Jane," in which she played the title role.
Day also starred in the film versions of Broadway's The Pajama Game and Jumbo, as well as "Tea for Two," which was inspired by the musical No, No, Nanette. Her film work also includes the fondly remembered comedies "Pillow Talk" (Oscar nomination) and "Please Don't Eat the Daisies," the musical drama "Love Me or Leave Me" and the Hitchcock thriller "The Man Who Knew Too Much."
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