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Midnight Lace (1960)

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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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 Elliott
Richard Lupino ...
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Dr. Garver
Doris Lloyd ...
Nora Stanley - Housekeeper
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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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The shocking midnight threats... The unexplainable 'accidents'... The menacing voice in the fog... Had she invented them...or was she living two lives...without knowing it...? See more »


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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

In her autobiography, Doris Day wrote that to prepare herself for one of the terror scenes, she recalled a time when her first husband, trombonist Al Jorden, dragged her out of bed when she was ill and pregnant and hurled her against a wall. Day related that in the scene she wasn't acting hysterical, she WAS hysterical, and at the end of the take she collapsed in a real faint. She was carried to her dressing room, and producer Ross Hunter shut down production for a few days while she recovered. See more »

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Quotes

Peggy Thompson: At least your husband comes home at night. All I have of Roy is a signature at the bottom of a weekly letter. Try cuddling up with THAT.
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Midnight Lace
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Hysteria and Screams
31 March 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In London, the American futile housewife Katherine "Kit" Preston (Doris Day) has been married for three months with the American executive Anthony "Tony" Preston (Rex Harrison). 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 (John Williams) believes that Kit is making-up the story to get more attention from Tony. Kit welcomes her Aunt Bea (Myrna Loy) but only she receives the phone calls. Would Kit be losing her mind?

"Midnight Lace" is a good thriller that could have been an excellent film since the plot introduces several characters and the viewer never knows whether Kit is telling the truth or the stalker is fruit of her imagination.

Unfortunately Doris Day overacts with the hysteria and screams of her key, but annoying character and partially spoils the film. She rings off the call from the stalker; she is ridiculous in the elevator, when the contractor rescues her. The important subplot of the embezzlement of Preston is forgotten with no further consequences. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Teia de Renda Negra" ("The Web of Black Lace")


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