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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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The shocking midnight threats... The unexplainable 'accidents'... The menacing voice in the fog... Had she invented them...or was she 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

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

Both the contractor and Malcom call Kit Miss Preston, although both of them clearly know she is married. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Bea: If he cares enough, he'll find me.
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Connections

References Dial M for Murder (1954) See more »

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What Does A Woman Do?
By Allie Wrubel and Maxwell Anderson
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I'm going to kill you, Mrs. Preston
3 December 2001 | by Bucs1960See all my reviews

If that telephone voice doesn't give you the creeps, you are one tough cookie! Don't be fooled because this film stars Doris Day, noted for her frothy, professional virgin roles in movies with Rock Hudson, et al. This is another Ms. Day, although the movie showcases her in some great clothes. Driven to the brink of insanity by anonymous threatening phone calls which nobody believes, she plays it to the hilt. The elevator scene is especially gripping. John Gavin is totally miscast and is bland, as usual. The rest of the cast is top drawer....Rex Harrison, suave and sophisticated....Myrna Loy, as the worldly aunt, is wonderful.....and the greatest of English support players, John Williams, repeating his inspector role from Dial M for Murder. In a small part is Anthony Dawson, the perfect villain,also from Dial M for Murder. Herbert Marshall and Richard Ney are good in small roles. This looks and feels like a Hitchcock picture. You may guess the ending but it is worth the watch to see Doris Day give her all. Besides, everybody likes a good thriller and this fits the bill!


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