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Midnight Lace (1960)

In London, a recently wed American woman's sanity comes into question when 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 Katherine "Kit" Preston has been married for three months with the British 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 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 believes that Kit may be making-up the story to get more attention from Tony. Kit's Aunt Bea 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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TONY...who wondered if she was living two lives...without knowing it! See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »

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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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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 »

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Even in 1960, no construction company would allow pedestrians to walk beneath a 5,000 lb. steel beam as it is being hoisted. 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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Midnight Lace
By Joe Lubin and Jerome Howard
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Oscar-worthy role for Doris.
28 February 1999 | by daniacSee all my reviews

Whereas "Pillow Talk" introduced us to the "glamorous" Doris Day, "Midnight Lace" certainly focused on both the glamorous and the outright beautiful woman. This is the Doris Day movie that, over the years, has come to be my favourite. No expense was spared in its presentation. Physically, everything in it suggested beauty, from the set to a stunning ensemble of costumes worn by Doris, who could, and did, give every then current model, a "run for the money"! All of this was set up brilliantly to contrast the evil surrounding the villain involved in nefarious scheming. (The elevator scene, and the "stairs" scenes were particularly effective.) This "chiller-thriller" was engrossing in its presentation, and was able to rely on the varied talents of all the fine actors who were used to present it to the public. I feel that it was an Oscar-worthy attempt on Doris' part and she can certainly stand proud for her efforts in the role. Bravo!


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