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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kit Preston
... Anthony Preston
... Brian Younger
... Aunt Bea
... Malcolm
... Charles Manning
... Peggy
... Dora
... Inspector Byrnes
... Daniel
... Ash
... Victor Elliott
Richard Lupino ... Foster
... Dr. Garver
... 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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25 November 1960 (Belgium)  »

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Matilda Shouted Fire  »

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$7,400,000
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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

Doris Day vowed to never make another thriller after 'Midnight Lace', claiming it emotionally drained her. She stayed true to her word; until her retirement eight years later, the only movies she made were comedies. See more »

Goofs

The street scene with the bus was filmed on a set depicting a Brooklyn commercial street - the buildings with stoops are clearly not in London. See more »

Quotes

Kit Preston: Don't ever change.
Aunt Bea: I try not to, but the bills at the beauty parlor get bigger every year.
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Remade as Midnight Lace (1981) See more »

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What Does A Woman Do?
By Allie Wrubel and Maxwell Anderson
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Doris Pulls Out All The Stops
4 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

The last of Doris Day's dramatic roles came with her being the terrorized wife in Midnight Lace. Henceforth she did nothing but comedies and musicals.

Not that she wasn't good in dramatic parts. Doris did well in Love Me Or Leave Me, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Storm Warning, and Julie. But in Midnight Lace she does pull all the stops out as a woman who seems to have attracted a stalker. In fact she meets the stalker in a fog bound London park near her home who threatens to kill just before the opening credits.

Doris is practically a newlywed, married to Rex Harrison a London businessman who is concerned but never is quite there enough to offer support. Even her visiting aunt Myrna Loy is thinking Doris has lost a step or two in her ladder. The only one who seems to believe her is John Gavin who is boss of a construction job next door. He's even a bit creepy himself because he knew who she was without any introduction.

The Man Who Knew Too Much was probably her best dramatic role and it was done for the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock. But the Hitchcock film that Midnight Lace is best compared to is Dial M For Murder with Grace Kelly being the stalking victim there. Even the Scotland Yard inspector is the same in both films, John Williams.

By the way Williams unravels the truth behind the harassing phone calls in a most unusual way that the perpetrator never took into account.

The mood of Midnight Lace is somber and tense and Doris, Rex, and the rest of the cast perform their roles to perfection.


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