Plucking the Daisy (1956) from Tuna

En effeuillant la marguerite (1956) or, Plucking the Daisy, is a lovely little French comedy staring Brigette Bardot.
 She wrote a book called Plucking the Daisy, exposing all of her general father's friends for the lechers they are. When dad discovers she wrote it, he tries to send her off to boarding school, but she escapes to Paris, where her brother lives. Her brother has claimed to be doing well, but actually works at a Balzac museum, which he told Bardot was his house. She breaks in, and sets up housekeeping, even selling a very rare book to pay expenses. 


Bardot has good see-through exposure, and several unknowns are shown nude at the strip contest.

DVD info from Amazon.

  • no widescreen 

  • no features

On the train to Paris, she met a news reporter and ladies man, who courts her. When her brother tells her the truth, she enters a strip contest  to get enough cash to buy the book back. This is a comedy in the Moliere, or On the Road To ... tradition, and has some funny moments. It also has a lot of nudity for 1956.  

The Critics Vote

  • Maltin 2/4

The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters score it 7.7 
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, as a quaint comedy, I give it a C+.

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