Midnight Lace (1960)

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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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 30, 1996
Runtime:
MCA Universal Home Video

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Cast


as Kit Preston

as Tony Preston

as Brian Younger

as Aunt Bea

as Malcolm

as Charles Manning

as Peggy Thompson

as Inspector Byrnes

as Daniel Graham

as Victor Elliott

as Simon Foster

as Ballet Dancer

as Ballet Dancer

as Basil Stafford

as Policeman

as Porter

as Bus Driver

as Attendant

as Harry

as Beautician

as Workman

as Salesman in Gun Shop

as Policeman

as Dr. Garver
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Critic Reviews for Midnight Lace

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Implausible but somewhat satisfying Hitchcock-like thriller.

Full Review… | June 10, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Changing pace at the height of her popularity, Doris Day made this smash hit suspenseful thriller about a woman who gets thtreatening phone calls from a mysterious stranger.

Full Review… | July 4, 2012
EmanuelLevy.Com

Audience Reviews for Midnight Lace

Survivable.

imrealgod
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Doris as scream queen! Ultra luxurious equally overwrought melodrama with Doris in one high fashion outfit after another being terrorized by phone. Barely believable but highly entertaining film has good co-stars in Rex Harrison and Myrna Loy, who while for the most part is also dressed very well, is forced to wear one of the ugliest hats every seen in film! It looks like an upside down flower basket was dumped on her head. Otherwise the settings are incredibly plush and poor Doris, who has rarely looked better onscreen, spends the entire movie in a state of just below the surface hysteria. Silly but a whole lot of fun.

jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

Around the time that the world discovered Alfred Hitchcock, Hollywood was a buzz with suspense thrillers in the same vein. Some were rather original, others could be seen as straight out-and-out copycats. I'd like to think that Midnight Lace falls somewhere in between. Released the same year as Hitchcock's original Psycho, this intriguing mystery thriller explored some of Hitchcock's past themes and plot-devices, making comparisons very strongly to Rear Window and Vertigo. Although it does seem a lot like a copycat, it makes little difference because this film stands very much on its own feet. Doris Day stars, surprisingly, as the troubled lead who is just on the edge of a nervous breakdown due to all of the threats being made by an unseen antagonist. Rex Harrison and Myrna Loy make up part of the supporting cast and give the lead the strength that she needs. Although at times she can be accused of over-acting in this film, I thought her performance was quite strong and overlooked. To go what her character is going through in the movie, she should go a bit over the edge. It only sustains the plot more rather than pull the rug out from underneath it. The look of the film is very much Hitchcock. I'm sure director David Miller had his particular style foremost in mind during production. Lots of shadows, over key-lighting actors and the occasional slanted angle, along with the patented Hitchcock camera panning and zooming. It doesn't take a total genius to figure it out, but I think it gives the film its style and charm and I can't find fault in that at all. The score is a pretty much late 50's/early 60's score. Melodic and lush with lots of string work, although it can be very menacing and dark during the more suspenseful scenes. It's pretty much a dated score, but not one that has lost any of it's charm. The plotline of the movie is very intricate. I bought into the conclusion early in advance so I wasn't too surprised by the outcome. I don't want to say that I had it all figured out early on, but the thought had crossed my mind early on, but it was much darker than I had imagined, so kudos to the filmmakers for a very clever twist ending. One of the few problems with the film is how dated it is not only musically, but due to its on-screen content. It's almost like Breakfast At Tiffany's as a thriller, which is leads me to something else that I guess I should mention. The young lead of the film seems to be a very pampered and upscale sort of woman, which audiences I'm sure at the time (and even today) couldn't relate to. Let's face it, most of the people who actually go out to see movies are hard-working stiffs or waitresses with a night off, so seeing a rather rich person being put through all this torment could be difficult to relate to on an esoteric level. The film's few problems are very few, but this was a very tight, not to mention, taught thriller. I can't hold any grudges against a film that took lessons from the master because filmmakers are still doing it to this day, so to write it off for that reason just seems wrong. I enjoyed the film and it kept me guessing till the end. It was also very well shot, atmospheric and creepy at some points. I wouldn't actually mind seeing this play at a film festival. It would be a good screener for fans of the genre, or even film fans in general. Bottom line: a really good mystery thriller, even if it is a little dated.

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Tim Salmons

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