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Midnight Lace (1960)

In London, a recently wed American woman's sanity comes into question after she claims to be the victim of a threatening stalker.

Director:

David Miller

Writers:

Ivan Goff (screenplay), Ben Roberts (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Doris Day ... Kit Preston
Rex Harrison ... Anthony Preston
John Gavin ... Brian Younger
Myrna Loy ... Aunt Bea
Roddy McDowall ... Malcolm
Herbert Marshall ... Charles Manning
Natasha Parry ... Peggy
Hermione Baddeley ... Dora
John Williams ... Inspector Byrnes
Richard Ney ... Daniel
Anthony Dawson ... Ash
Rhys Williams ... Victor Elliott
Richard Lupino Richard Lupino ... Foster
Hayden Rorke ... Dr. Garver
Doris Lloyd ... Nora Stanley - Housekeeper
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Storyline

In London, the American housewife Kit Preston (Doris Day) has been married for three months with the British executive Anthony Preston (Sir Rex Harrison). In a foggy day, while walking in a park, Kit is threatened by a voice that tells that she will be murdered soon. On the next day, Kit receives a phone call from the stalker threatening her death in the next month and she goes with Tony to the Scotland Yard, but Inspector Byrnes (John Williams) believes that Kit may be making-up the story to get more attention from Tony. Kit's Aunt Bea (Myrna Loy) arrives, but only Kit receives the phone call raising the question, is she losing her mind? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The woman in the midnight lace... Target for temptation...or terror ? See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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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

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

Anthony Preston: How's Bea? Did she bring any stuffed heads back with her?
Kit Preston: One. She met him on the plane.
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Connections

Featured in Biography: Doris Day: It's Magic (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

What Does A Woman Do?
By Allie Wrubel and Maxwell Anderson
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User Reviews

Suspense thriller á la Hitchcock
8 August 2000 | by bchil103See all my reviews

I started seeing this movie without great expectations but I must admit that it was a very positive surprise. David Miller has made a movie which in my opinion is to be compared with the best Hitchcock ever made. An excellent cast: John Gavin and Myrna Loy give good performances and Rex Harrison is - as always - Rex Harrison.

But it's Doris Days film. She was perfect in "The Man Who Knew Too Much" but here she's better. An outstanding performance. No other actress can look so terror-stricken, without overacting. The sequence where she is stuck in an elevator, gives a good impression of what she can.

If you haven't seen this movie - rush to see it.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1960 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Matilda Shouted Fire See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,400,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Arwin Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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