|Plucking the Daisy|
|Directed by||Marc Allégret|
|Produced by||Raymond Eger|
|Written by||Marc Allégret |
|Music by||Paul Misraki|
|Box office||3,296,793 admissions (France)|
It was also known as Mademoiselle Striptease and Please Mr Balzac.
Turner Classic Movies called it "a typical French romantic comedy... complete with a meet-cute on a train, and plenty of loving shots of Bardot's pert behind.... typical of the suggestive but innocuous films that Bardot made early in her career."
General Dumont discovers that his daughter Agnes is "A.D.", author of a scandalous under-the-counter novel.
He tries to send her to a convent but she escapes to Paris to live with her brother. On the train she meets Daniel, a journalist. Agnes thinks her brother is a rich artist but he's actually a poor guide in the Balzac Museum.
Agnes needs money and enters an amateur striptease contest. Daniel is covering the contest for his magazine.
- Brigitte Bardot as Agnès Dumont
- Daniel Gélin as Daniel Roy
- Robert Hirsch as Roger Vital
- Darry Cowl as Hubert Dumont
- Luciana Paluzzi as Sofia
- Nadine Tallier as Magali
- Jacques Dumesnil as General Dumont
- Madeleine Barbulée as Mme Dumont
- Georges Chamarat as Bacchus
- Mischa Auer as Alexis
- Mauricet as Mr. Valentin
- Yves-Marie Maurin as Toto
- Patrick Maurin as Agnès' younger brother
- Jacques Jouanneau as Edouard
- Henri Garcin as one of Daniel's friends
- Jean-Loup Philippe as one of Daniel's friends
- Michel Constantin as Un spectateur du strip-tease
- Marc Eyraud as a photographer
- Françoise Arnoul as herself
Roger Vadim had just written a movie which launched Bardot as a leading lady, Naughty Girl. He called this movie "a hack job based on an 'original idea' by the producer which was anything but original... I changed the plot and wrote an amusing, romantic and sexy story."
It was released in the US as Mademoiselle Striptease. The Washington Post called it "one of the nicest comedies of the summer." The Los Angeles Times called it "a most delightful, naughty and very funny comedy... Bardot strikes pure gold... it's strictly a fun show that doesn't try to prove a thing."
It was also released in the US as Please Mr Balzac. The New York Times said the "sole excuse for this singularly unfrothy and unfunny romantic comedy is Brigitte Bardot....[a] thin, old-fashioned, slightly smutty and extremely dull charade... The picture is pretty awful. It needn't have been."
- Box office information of film at Box Office Story
- Plucking the Daisy at Turner Classic Monthly
- Vadim, Roger (1986). Bardot, Deneuve, Fonda. Simon and Schuster. p. 78.
- "French box office films of 1956". Box Office Story.
- Coe, Richard L. (24 July 1957). "Plaza Lands Little Charmer". The Washington Post and Times Herald. p. B8.
- "Spicy Fun Film From France Hit". Los Angeles Times. 12 Oct 1957. p. B3.
- "Screen: French Import; 'Please! Mr. Balzac' Stars Mlle. Bardot". New York Times. 18 November 1957.