A Good Day for a Final Day
Watching "With Six You Get Eggroll" is both a sad and joyful experience; sad because whilst not planned it would be Doris Day's final movie but a joy because it was a movie which Doris wanted to make and it is a good one at that. Having said that there isn't a great deal of originality to things as the story revolves around two widows getting married and their children not getting on but it doesn't matter when it is funny. And the fun doesn't come from just Doris Day as the rest of the cast which includes Brian Keith, Pat Carroll and a young Barbara Hershey all deliver fun performances.
Despite doing a good job of being mother to her three boys and running the lumber yard widow Abby McClure (Doris Day - The Glass Bottom Boat) has to put up with her sister Maxine (Pat Carroll) trying to fix her up which is how she comes to be having dinner with Jake Iverson (Brian Keith - The Rare Breed). Despite not getting off to the best of the starts with confusion and other people spoiling things romance blossoms and soon follows marriage. The only trouble is that Abby's eldest and Jake's daughter do not like their parents getting married and that means war.
As I said at the start there isn't a great deal of originality to "With Six You Get Eggroll" with the storyline about widows marrying and their kids not getting on as I can think of half a dozen other movies which use the same idea. And the lack of originality spreads further from the comedy of Abby falling facing first in the dirt to a moment of confusion when she thinks she sees Jake with a younger woman. Basically in tone, in comedy, in look "With Six You Get Eggroll" is 100% typical Doris Day but that is not a criticism because that is the reason to watch it.
Now what is very obvious is that after having appeared in a few movies because her husband signed her up to them Doris Day wanted to be in this movie and you can see it. There is a real bounce to her performance, the smile is warmer than ever, the facial expressions are not forced and she looks like she is enjoying herself. But Doris is not the only one who looks like they are having a good time and both Brian Keith and Pat Carroll look like they are having fun working with Doris Day. It is this trio who make "With Six You Get Eggroll" such a warm and friendly movie with the younger cast bringing all the energy as their roles require.
What this all boils down to is that "With Six You Get Eggroll" is an absolute joy for fans of Doris Day, a fun but beautiful romantic comedy with a good supporting cast. In many ways it is sad this was to be her final movie but what a good movie to go out on.