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Midnight Lace (1960)

Approved | | Thriller, Mystery | 25 November 1960 (Belgium)
In London, a newly-wed American woman's sanity comes into question, when she claims to be the victim of a stalker.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Anthony Preston
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Brian Younger
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Aunt Bea
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Malcolm
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Charles Manning
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Peggy
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Dora
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Inspector Byrnes
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Daniel
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Ash
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Victor Elliot
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Foster
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Dr. Garver
Doris Lloyd ...
Nora Stanley - Housekeeper
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Storyline

In London, the American futile housewife Katherine "Kit" Preston has been married for three months with the American executive Anthony "Tony" Preston. In a foggy day, while walking in a park, Kit is threatened by a voice that tells that she will be murdered by the end of the month. On the next day, Kit receives a phone call from the stalker and she goes with Tony to the Scotland Yard, but Inspector Byrnes believes that Kit is making-up the story to get more attention from Tony. Kit welcomes her Aunt Bea but only she receives the phone calls. Would Kit be losing her mind? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Even with the arms of her love around her...she still felt the menace of that voice in the night!

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Thriller | Mystery

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25 November 1960 (Belgium)  »

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Encaje de medianoche  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastman Color)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dictating his memoirs near the end of his life, 'Rex Harrison' barely mentioned "Midnight Lace" except to say that he wasn't fond of the script. He also (falsely) reported that 'Doris Day' was under so much pressure to make the picture work that she collapsed. Day was indeed under strain, though it was due to her personal form of method-acting that caused her breakdown, not from the script or the production. See more »

Goofs

When Brian Younger is walking by Kit Preston's building, he hears the door to the construction site squeaking loudly as it opens and shuts. A second later he goes through it, and the door makes no sound at all. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Bea: [speaking to Tony about Kit] She's being tormented by a sadistic fiend!
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What Does a Woman Do?
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Very good suspense thriller
22 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

As macabre as it sounds, I really enjoyed seeing Doris Day (The Man Who Knew Too Much) get terrorized. She was so convincing in this role especially when she provided a tour de force in acting during that scene where she finally breaks down. I can't believe other commentators were not as moved by this as I was. Rex Harrison (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Cleopatra, My Fair Lady) is also very good in this role though I don't think he is challenged very much here. John Williams is once again the diligent inspector as he was in the two Alfred Hitchcock hits Dial M For Murder and To Catch a Thief, both of which coincidentally starred Grace Kelly. The great Roddy McDowell (Planet of the Apes) is here just as a red herring but he is welcome nonetheless. All in all a good thriller, 8/10.


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