Do Not Disturb

Film poster for a film titled Do Not Disturb
Do Not Disturb
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Do Not Disturb (Ralph Levy, USA, 1965): Starring Rod Taylor (1930–2015), b. Lidcombe, NSW

Looking through the keyhole, the viewer sees Rod Taylor, who starred in this romantic comedy alongside Doris Day, one of the biggest film stars of the 1950s and 1960s.

Filming started in January 1965 on Rod Taylor’s 35th birthday. The trailer boasted of ‘a wardrobe costing a king’s ransom’ and was reported to total US$50,000.

Despite being set in London and Paris, the cast and crew never left the Hollywood studio backlot.

There were constant rewrites during shooting. Lucille Ball’s long-time writer Bob Carroll, who worked on the film, quipped that the title should have been Do Not Distribute.

This was the first film where Taylor shared the screen with Day; they reunited a year later for The Glass Bottom Boat (1966).

Combining bold text and geometric shapes, this poster invites viewers into an intimate scene, with a shocked expression on Doris Day’s face. 

Notes by Michelle Davenport