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Midnight Lace (1960)

Approved | | Thriller, Mystery | 1960 (UK)
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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Victor Elliot
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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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Encaje de medianoche  »

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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 »

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At the end of the movie, Kit is scared by the fireplace coals moving (making a sound). There is a decent size fire going. In just a matter of minutes, when her husband comes home and they turn off all lights, no fire or light from the fireplace is visible. See more »

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Aunt Bea: [telegram] Weather beastly and so is my host.
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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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