Living in a broken-down trailer with her erratic mother, Daisy Clover (Natalie Wood) is a boyish young girl who wants to become a famous singer and find out what is possible beyond the comfort of her modest home in Angel Beach, California. Determined to make a name for herself, the teenager sends in a song recording and is called up by a popular studio head named Raymond Swan (Christopher Plummer). The film producer and his wife, Melora (Katharine Bard), soon take over Daisy’s career and life, manipulating and molding the young girl into the image of an ideal teen star. Advertising her as America’s Little Valentine, the Swan family also arrange for Daisy’s mother to be placed in a mental institution. Misguided and pressured by her newly-acquired celebrity status, the girl has to face the quirkiness, debauchery and moral bankruptcy of Hollywood life head-on.
Amidst the lunacy of newfound stardom, Daisy finds a confidante in a fellow actor named Wade Lewis (Robert Redford), whose image is also heavily marketed and regulated by the Swan Studio. The two begin a heartfelt, but unruly relationship in Inside Daisy Clover, as the young man is in fact a closet homosexual. As their first honeymoon night approaches, Daisy is faced with her lover’s secrets and has to find a way of taking back hold of her own life.
“Katherine Bard’s character Melora is given the best line about Wade: “Your husband never could resist a charming boy.”
— Journeys In Classic Film
“The film received mixed reviews but has become a cult classic for its vivid performances and cynical depiction of Hollywood’s Golden Age.”
— Screen Archives
Did You Know?
Natalie Wood who plays the fifteen year-old Daisy was almost twice the age of the protagonist at the time when the movie was released. Many of the film’s scenes in Inside Daisy Clover, feature various departments and units of the Warner Bros Studio. Review our Gay Themed Films Here