American couple Janet and Mike move to England for his business. She soon becomes paranoid that he is having an affair with his attractive secretary, and decides to get back at him by pretending she herself has been unfaithful.
Jane Osgood runs a lobster business, which supports her two young children. Railroad staff inattention ruins her shipment, so with her lawyer George, Jane sues Harry Foster Malone, director of the line and the "meanest man in the world".
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
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 »
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 »
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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