Midnight Lace

Midnight Lace

Director: David Miller, Doris Day, Rex Harrison, John Gavin

Cast: David Miller, Doris Day, Rex Harrison, John Gavin

     
 

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Kit (Doris Day), an American married to wealthy London businessman Tony Preston (Rex Harrison) becomes the terrified victim of a mysterious stalker, who she hears but can never see. She is threatened by the eerie, high-pitched voice as she walks in the thick London fog. She then begins receiving repeated threatening telephone calls. The now totally panicked Kit is

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Kit (Doris Day), an American married to wealthy London businessman Tony Preston (Rex Harrison) becomes the terrified victim of a mysterious stalker, who she hears but can never see. She is threatened by the eerie, high-pitched voice as she walks in the thick London fog. She then begins receiving repeated threatening telephone calls. The now totally panicked Kit is nearly killed when someone pushes her in front of a bus. Unfortunately for Kit, no one but she hears the voice or the telephone calls and neither Tony, Kit's visiting aunt Bea (Myra Loy), or Scotland Yard take any of these incidents seriously. The only one who seems to believe Kit is Brian Younger (John Gavin), a construction foreman, but Kit is not convinced that she can trust him. The tension builds to a thrilling climax as Kit flees for her life on a scaffolding outside her apartment building. Midnight Lace is an exciting thriller, with many surprising plot twists and a nice sinister performance by Rex Harrison. Roddy McDowall is also fun as the son of Kit's housekeeper, who keeps hitting up his mom for money.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Midnight Lace is a faux-Hitchcock thriller, essentially routine, but with enough flair to make it worth catching. Like the earlier Julie, Lace is an attempt to showcase Doris Day's dramatic skills in the kind of "victimized" role that often gets a lot of attention. Although Day received a number of positive notices at the time, her performance has not aged well, coming across as slightly forced and mannered. Still, she does hit all the buttons she's supposed to hit, and if she's not turning in a great performance, it's more than acceptable. Rex Harrison is refined and skillful, and Myrna Loy plays her scenes beautifully; neither actor is particularly challenged by the material, but they provide just the right touches to make the roles come alive. The screenplay is a bit dull, and the identity of the killer overly obvious, but David Miller directs with a certain amount of panache, and some of the sequences are genuinely thrilling and suspenseful. Day is also given an astounding number of costumes, beautifully designed by Irene, and the overall production design is glossy and attractive.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2015
UPC:
0025192231643
Original Release:
1960
Source:
Universal Mod
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
149

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Doris Day Kit Preston
Rex Harrison Tony Preston
John Gavin Brian Younger
Myrna Loy Aunt Bea
Roddy McDowall Malcolm
Herbert Marshall Charles Manning
Natasha Parry Peggy Thompson
Hermione Baddeley Dora Hammer
John Williams Inspector Byrnes
Richard Ney Daniel Graham
Anthony Dawson Ash
Rhys Williams Victor Elliott
Richard Lupino Simon Foster
Doris Lloyd Nora
Leon Charles Man
Gage Clarke Salesman in Gun Shop
Joan Collins Actor
Paul Collins Kevin
Roy Dean Harry
Terence de Marney Tim
Anthony Eustrel Salesman
James Fairfax Bus Driver
Jim Hyland Policeman
Jack Livesey MP
Keith McConnell Policeman
Richard Peel Tommy
Joan Staley Blonde
Tom Toner Actor
Peter Fontaine Workman
Pamela Light Beautician
Hayden Rorke Dr. Garver
Elspeth March Woman
Peter Adams Workman
Rex Evans Basil Stafford
John Sheffield Attendant

Technical Credits
David Miller Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Leon Barsha Editor
Phil Bowles Asst. Director
Robert Clatworthy Art Director
Oliver Emert Set Decoration/Design
Joseph E. Gershenson Musical Direction/Supervision
Ivan Goff Screenwriter
Ross Hunter Producer
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Joe Lapis Sound/Sound Designer
Martin Melcher Producer
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Ben Roberts Screenwriter
Russell Schoengarth Editor
Frank Skinner Score Composer
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
Bud Westmore Makeup

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