Tim Purtell
April 25, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

As several standouts in The Doris Day Collection make abundantly clear, there’s more to the perky star’s canon than Pillow Talk and ”Que Sera, Sera.” The Pajama Game, in which Day is a spunky factory gal sparring with John Raitt’s shop foreman, is one of the more inventive ’50s musicals. (Don’t miss the Bob Fosse-choreographed ”Steam Heat.”) She’s dizzyingly kinetic (and funny) as Calamity Jane‘s tomboy cowgirl, and quietly touching in Young Man With a Horn as a singer pining for Kirk Douglas’ tortured trumpeter. And in the Ruth Etting biopic, Love Me or Leave Me, she convincingly plays against type, though the performance is often undermined by director Charles Vidor’s stiff staging. The clunkers? Lullaby of Broadway is noteworthy only for Day’s vocals and terrific dancing, while the mostly mediocre Billy Rose’s Jumbo, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, and The Glass Bottom Boat are strictly for fanatics. Pajama: A-
Calamity: B+
Young Man: B+
Love Me: B
Lullaby: C+ (but Day gets an A)

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