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Midnight Lace (1960)

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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 Stanley
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Charles Manning
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Peggy Thompson
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Dora Hammer
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Inspector Byrnes
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Daniel Graham
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Roy Ash
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Victor Elliot
Richard Lupino ...
Simon Foster
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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Encaje de medianoche  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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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 »

Goofs

When Kit Preston is pushed to the ground in front of a bus and is subsequently helped to her feet to leave the scene, her coat remains immaculately clean throughout, in spite of having fallen face down on a wet road. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Byrnes: Now, Mrs. Covent. Do you recollect exactly what your niece said to you on the phone?
Aunt Bea: Yes. She said, "Aunt Bea, help me, help me."
Inspector Byrnes: And what did you assume she meant, Mrs. Covent?
Aunt Bea: That she needed help, Inspector!
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References Vertigo (1958) See more »

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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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