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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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Even with the arms of her love around her...she still felt the menace of that voice in the night! See more »


Certificate:

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

Myrna Loy recalled that in the scene where Doris Day becomes hysterical on a staircase after one of her tormentor's taunting phone calls, Day was so overwrought with emotion that when the director called "Cut!" the star could not stop crying, and had to be all but carried to her dressing room. 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

Inspector Byrnes: Now, Mrs. Covent. Do you recollect exactly what your niece said to you on the phone?
Aunt Bea: Yes. She said, "Aunt Bea, help me, help me."
Inspector Byrnes: And what did you assume she meant, Mrs. Covent?
Aunt Bea: That she needed help, Inspector!
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Connections

References Dial M for Murder (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Swan Lake Op. 20
(uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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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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