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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.

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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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NOW, FEAR POSSESSED HER...AS LOVE ONE HAD! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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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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Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Second movie co-produced by Universal Pictures and Arwin Productions which was owned by Doris Day and her then-husband Martin Melcher. See more »

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When Brian Younger is walking by Kit Preston's building, he hears the door to the construction site squeaking loudly as it opens and shuts. A second later he goes through it, and the door makes no sound at all. See more »

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Kit Preston: With or without onions?
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Swan Lake Op. 20
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Glossy and totally unbelievable but entertaining
21 May 2005 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

American Kit Preston (Doris Day) lives in London with husband Anthony (Rex Harrison). She starts being stalked and getting phone calls by a man saying he's going to kill her. But nobody else is around when he calls. Is he real or is she going crazy?

A VERY loose remake of "Gaslight". The film is far-fetched (especially at the end) and full of obvious red herrings. Also there were one or two plot threads never adequately explained at the end. Still, this was entertaining. It's very glossy with breath-taking sets and 17 costume changes (!!!) by Day--but this IS a Ross Hunter movie (he did "Imitation of Life" which had the same kind of treatment). So, even when the movie slows down there's always something to look at.

There's mostly solid acting by the entire cast. Harrison was just so-so as the husband but everybody else was fine. John Gavin pops up a few times just being incredibly handsome but actually isn't that bad. Myrna Loy steals the show as Aunt Bea in every scene she's in--and check out the incredibly ugly yellow hat with green sash she wears at one point! Best of all is Day. You might think she would be terrible in a straight dramatic role but she's actually quite good. Her terror at what's happening is totally believable and there's an incredible scene where she has a complete nervous breakdown. She hated making this film because it emotionally wore her down--she vowed never again to do a thriller. That's too bad--she was so good here.

So it's not believable but is still worth watching. Recommended.


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