Plucking the Daisy

Plucking the Daisy (French: En effeuillant la marguerite) is a 1956 French comedy film directed by Marc Allégret and starring Brigitte Bardot.

Plucking the Daisy
Directed byMarc Allégret
Produced byRaymond Eger
Written byMarc Allégret
Roger Vadim
StarringBrigitte Bardot
Daniel Gélin
Music byPaul Misraki
CinematographyLouis Page
Release date
  • 1956 (1956)
Box office3,296,793 admissions (France)[1]

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."[2]


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.



The film was the 20th most popular film at the French box office. It was released before Bardot's film And God Created Woman, which was the 13th most popular and Naughty Girl which was 12th.[3]

It was released in the US as Mademoiselle Striptease. The Washington Post called it "one of the nicest comedies of the summer."[4] 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."[5]

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."[6]


  1. Box office information of film at Box Office Story
  2. Plucking the Daisy at Turner Classic Monthly
  3. "French box office films of 1956". Box Office Story.
  4. Coe, Richard L. (24 July 1957). "Plaza Lands Little Charmer". The Washington Post and Times Herald. p. B8.
  5. "Spicy Fun Film From France Hit". Los Angeles Times. 12 Oct 1957. p. B3.
  6. "Screen: French Import; 'Please! Mr. Balzac' Stars Mlle. Bardot". New York Times. 18 November 1957.
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