He then invites Bea over and secretly reveals Kit's fib. He brings Kit to Scotland Yard, where Inspector Byrnes questions her but surreptitiously suggests to Tony that her fears may be the hysterical invention of a lonely housewife who wants her husband's attention. 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 score is a pretty much late 50's/early 60's score. Coming Soon. As for Rex Harrison, he later admitted in his autobiography, A Damned Serious Business, that it was a pity he couldn't have played opposite Day in a romantic comedy - his specialty - where he would have taken the Cary Grant or Rock Hudson part. Cast: Doris Day, Rex Harrison, John Gavin, Myrna Loy, Roddy McDowall, Elspeth March: When her elevator suddenly halts between floors, Kit panics almost immediately. My mouth crooked, my hair mussed, my eyes swollen, my dress a shambles," she revealed in her autobiography, Doris Day: Her Own Story (co-authored by A. E. Hotchner). My pretend life and my real life had fused. She is also sensational in The Pajama Game, one of the best musicals of the 1950s. McDowall played the son of Doris Lloyd, who had also played his mother in the 1945 Twentieth Century-Fox picture Molly and Me and the 1946 M-G-M production Holiday in Mexico (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40). The culprit and his motives are eventually revealed in a climax set in a deserted construction site, high atop some scaffolding. In London, as American heiress Kit Preston struggles home through a dense fog, she is frightened by a disembodied voice that threatens to kill her. As the tall, bland and handsome Brian on the scaffolding next door, John Gavin is positioned as a potentially psychotic killer. Kit Preston. Her main objection, though, was the emotional demands of the role, particularly the scenes where she was in grave danger. Co-producer Ross Hunter concurrently produced Portrait in Black, a mystery thriller starring Lana Turner. Letterboxed. The color is just fine and shows off the picture's elaborate sets and other lush surroundings that became Hunter's trademark. No intruder can be found, and after Byrnes is called, he once again doubts Kit's story. | Fresh (5) Some were rather original, others could be seen as straight out-and-out copycats. "I wasn't acting hysterical," she said, "I *was* hysterical!" "To convey the terror of my reaction I re-created the ghostly abuses of Al Jordan [Day's first husband, 1941-1943]. Silly but a whole lot of fun. Please click the link below to receive your verification email. |, July 4, 2012 | Rotten (1). The reason she didn't want the part was due to simple vanity. All three movies concern helpless women victimized by their husbands, but this film's guessing-game format leaves all possibilities open. Doris as scream queen! Her husband Anthony (Rex Harrison) takes it all calmly and the Scotland Yard Inspector Byrnes treats Kit as if she were emotionally unstable. Forgot your password? Synopsis by Linda Rasmussen. To view this content, please use one of the following compatible browsers: A young woman can't get anyone to believe she's being stalked. Over here. 1960. One of the few problems with the film is how dated it is not only musically, but due to its on-screen content. Near-fatal accidents begin to crop up, as does a long list of potential suspects: the maid's deceitful son (Roddy McDowall), a possibly larcenous business associate (Herbert Marshall), Anthony's own office accountant (Richard Ney), and a hot-headed mine owner who threatens Anthony over a bad business deal (Rhys Williams). There was a time when film lovers would flock to their local video store to rent a weekend’s worth of entertainment. When Kit shows signs of mental instability, Myrna Loy's Aunt Bea pauses once or twice before expressing her concern. MIDNIGHT LACE – FINISHES POLE STYLE OVERALL HEIGHT CLASS FINISH COLOUR MOUNT OPTION OPTION ... pole is spun cast with this concrete mix. Or she could be overwrought (Storm Warning, 1951) and unintentionally funny (Julie, 1956) in less talented hands. by Jeff Stafford, The marvelous singer, actress and personality Doris Day was always popular, but it's often thought that her screen work didn't fully tap her potential. 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. By using this site, you agree to our updated, Having been harassed in the fog and now on the phone, American Kit (Doris Day) and English financier husband Tony (Rex Harrison) visit Scotland Yard where inspector Byrnes (John Williams) comments on local miscreants, in, Midnight Lace (1960) - A Real London Fog, London fog and Grosvenor Square as American heiress Doris Day gets terrified in the opening to the 1960 thriller, Midnight Lace (1960) - No Telephones In Gondolas, Dining out in London with his possibly financially-troubled colleague Charles (Herbert Marshall) and her aunt Bea (Myrna Loy), businessman Tony (Rex Harrison) confides a thing or two regarding his heiress wife Kit (Doris Day), who's got a phone stalker, in, Doris Day can't get anyone to believe she's being stalked by a killer in. Doris Day Rex Harrison John Gavin Myrna Loy Roddy McDowall Herbert Marshall Natasha Parry Hermione Baddeley John Williams Richard Ney Anthony Dawson Rhys Williams Richard Lupino Hayden Rorke Doris Lloyd Elspeth March Peter Adams Rex Evans Anna Cheselka Vladimir Oukhtomsky Colin Kenny Bert Stevens Arthur Tovey Brandon Beach. Rex Harrison. Bottom line: a really good mystery thriller, even if it is a little dated. One night while walking alone through a thick fog, she is stalked by an unseen tormentor threatening her in an eerie, unidentifiable voice. Although it does seem a lot like a copycat, it makes little difference because this film stands very much on its own feet. Just then, the caller phones to announce that he is coming to kill Kit. Launched to superstardom after being paired with Rock Hudson in the racy romantic comedy Pillow Talk (1959), this film allowed her to play against type in a Hitchcock-styled thriller. Starring: Myrna Loy, John Gavin, Rex Harrison, Doris Day. Cinematography: Russell Metty Just as Tony attacks Kit, the gaunt man reveals himself to be Peggy's absent husband Roy, who has discovered her affair and wants to murder her. Kit Preston, - By this time Kit is crazy with fear. 1960's Midnight Lace is Day's last non-comedic film, a suspense tale about yet another woman in peril. As soon as he leaves, the threatening voice calls on the telephone, again claiming he will kill Kit. They won't be able to see your review if you only submit your rating. The plotline of the movie is very intricate. Melodic and lush with lots of string work, although it can be very menacing and dark during the more suspenseful scenes. Kit takes Anthony's calming advice but her only fully trustworthy contacts are her Aunt Bea (Myrna Loy) and the lovely neighbor Peggy (Natasha Parry). The subdued monochromatic package art looks interesting, but doesn't reflect the film's bright and saturated color scheme. In her autobiography, Day stated that she found the role "painful and upsetting" and collapsed after one emotionally draining scene, causing producer Ross Hunter to shut down production briefly. Everyone was terribly alarmed. Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password. I wouldn't actually mind seeing this play at a film festival. When Kit arrives for lunch, Tony informs her that, once again, he must cancel their date in order to work. In other words, the whole scene is a cheat. The movie is ninety minutes of poor Doris Day persecuted by a villain or villains unknown, while we meet a bumper crop of suspects. Also, Midnight Lace really feels inspired by Dial M for Murder, with even some of Doris Day's hairstyles and outfits looking like Grace Kelly's. an old english film with doris day acting her lil' heart away and a final monsterous twist at the end. Coming Soon. Lots of shadows, over key-lighting actors and the occasional slanted angle, along with the patented Hitchcock camera panning and zooming. Metty enhances the impact of Ms. Day's scare scenes with an excellent use of mysterious shadows. Interestingly enough, Doris Day didn't want to make any more thrillers after Julie but her husband/co-producer of Midnight Lace, Marty Melcher, convinced her to do it. I wasn't acting hysterical, I was hysterical, so that at the end of that scene I collapsed in a real faint. The screenplay by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts is based on the play Matilda Shouted Fire by Janet Green. C-109m. New to married life, American Kit Preston is delighted with her new London home until she hears a strange voice in the park threatening to kill her. She then begins receiving repeated threatening telephone calls. It's a big, necessary scene that Day pulls off with aplomb. Just below that it reads "Ticket Confirmation#:" followed by a 10-digit number. Art Direction: Robert Clatworthy, Alexander Golitzen Best Netflix Shows and Series To Binge (January 2021), The 100 Best Movies on Netflix Right Now (January 2021), 100 Best Movies on Amazon Prime To Watch (January 2021). Cast & Crew Doris Day Kit Preston Rex Harrison Anthony Preston Midnight Lace (1960) falls into the latter category with Ms. Day maintaining a high pitched hysteria throughout the narrative while looking fabulous in her seventeen costume changes by Irene (she received an Oscar® nomination for her designs). Cinemark We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your email. According to studio press materials, music supervisor Joseph Gershenson appeared onscreen, conducting the orchestra during the ballet sequence. Your Ticket Confirmation # is located under the header in your email that reads "Your Ticket Reservation Details". By opting to have your ticket verified for this movie, you are allowing us to check the email address associated with your Rotten Tomatoes account against an email address associated with a Fandango ticket purchase for the same movie. See the full list of Midnight Lace cast and crew including actors, directors, producers and more. He had very little time for me or anybody else, as far as I could tell; he did his job and that was it. 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. At home, Malcolm Stanley, the son of Kit's maid Nora, visits and annoys Kit with his typical shiftless, unctuous behavior. By creating an account, you agree to the Privacy Policy Most of the long cast of name actors inhabit subplots that turn out to be wholly irrelevant, and each is given at least two telltale moments to arouse our suspicion. |, July 6, 2019 Over the next few days, Kit becomes increasingly paranoid, but none of her suspicions amount to anything. Music: Frank Skinner The combination of various concrete mix designs and surface finishes provides the client with over 36 standard finishes (custom colours available Midnight Lace is an Drama, Mystery, Thriller movie that was released in 1960. All Rights Reserved. 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. Midnight Lace is perhaps the only movie in Day's filmography in which her character is independently wealthy and does nothing. "You'd better be careful," I warned him. Not the most adroit of screen mysteries, Midnight Lace might be better titled, "Red Herrings A Go-Go". Implausible but somewhat satisfying Hitchcock-like thriller. The percentage of Approved Tomatometer Critics who have given this movie a positive review. The percentage of users who rated this 3.5 stars or higher. They now plan to kill her, making her death appear to be an hysterical suicide, in order to collect her inheritance, which Tony will use to repay the million pounds he has stolen from his business. Sign Up now to stay up to date with all of the latest news from TCM. Cast (in credits order) verified as complete. Many superior murder mysteries lack originality or clever plot twists, yet are redeemed by clever directors. It stars Doris Day, Rex Harrison, John Gavin, Myrna Loy, Roddy McDowall and Herbert Marshall. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8 and a MetaScore of 60. Cast 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 Find movie and film cast and crew information for Midnight Lace (1960) - David Miller on AllMovie Peggy reluctantly complies, but Tony reveals that the phone has been out of order all day. If we want to keep playing comparison games, the claustrophobic elevator car isn't much different than the Hitchcock movie's confining shower stall. Buy Midnight Lace movie posters from Movie Poster Shop. ©2021 Turner Classic Movies, Inc. A WarnerMedia Company. Brian could obviously hear Kit crying and wailing all the while, but he said nothing, so that Midnight Lace could let both Kit and the audience think he was the mysterious creep played by Anthony Dawson. Production was temporarily halted while Day recovered. Doris Day proves her talent as an actress of depth and remarkable skill. The film marked the American feature debut of Natasha Parry. And it worked too well. Richard Ney Daniel Graham. When Doris Day's Kit is trapped in an elevator Brian comes to the rescue. A March 26, 1960 Los Angeles Times news item mistakenly stated that Roddy McDowall would "play Rex Harrison's son." CDN$ 7.48. Director. She is threatened by the eerie, high-pitched voice as she walks in the thick London fog. | Rating: 2.5/5 John Williams Inspector Byrnes. It tells us not to bother to pay attention to details, because the filmmakers certainly didn't. They meet Bea and Charles, her old beau, at a nightclub, where Bea questions Tony about Kit's agitation. Contractor Brian Younger pushes Kit to safety, then alarms her by revealing that he knows her name. She plays the pampered new wife of a wealthy investment banker who has nothing to do with her days but buy designer fashions and pout because her husband works late and postpones their honeymoon. John Gavin. Rex Harrison was in a strange kind of mood, no doubt because his wife, Kay Kendall, had died. Russell Metty's cinematography looks good but the images have more grain than we'd like and the contrast could be sharper. Soon after, Kit prepares to go out with her beloved aunt, Bea Coleman, who is visiting London. Copyright © Fandango. Directed by: David Miller. While Byrnes arrests Tony and Peggy, Brian and Bea lead Kit to safety. Just leave us a message here and we will work on getting you verified. I bought into the conclusion early in advance so I wasn't too surprised by the outcome. Over here now Mrs.Preston. Please reference “Error Code 2121” when contacting customer service. Directed by David Miller, Midnight Lace may not be great art but it's consistently entertaining as a Hitchcock imitation, just like Miller's previous "damsel in distress" suspenser - Sudden Fear (1952) starring Joan Crawford. He takes her to a local pub, where he commiserates with her panic by describing his experience while trapped in a burning tank during World War II. Don’t worry, it won’t take long. It's almost like Breakfast At Tiffany's as a thriller, which is leads me to something else that I guess I should mention. George Clooney's reaction to Felicity Huffman's surprise pregnancy before filming The Midnight Sky: 'Holy s***' By Cassie Carpenter For Dailymail.com. Preposterous, yes, but nothing is as wacky as that high pitched voice that spooks our heroine. Natasha Parry Peggy Thompson. We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future. Published: 19:29 EST, 13 … Richard Ney smiles mysteriously after hearing that a shakeup in Harrison's company might earn him a promotion. Read the Midnight Lace movie synopsis, view the movie trailer, get cast and crew information, see movie photos, and more on Movies.com. August 13, 2020 The look of the film is very much Hitchcock. According to a October 26, 1959 "Rambling Reporter" item in Hollywood Reporter, Day quit the Columbia production of Who Is Sylvia (which was never made) in order to star in Midnight Lace. Ultra luxurious equally overwrought melodrama with Doris in one high fashion outfit after another being terrorized by phone. Herbert Marshall Charles Manning. Kit falls apart, crying and blubbering because everyone believes she has invented the threatening phone caller to get more attention from her husband. It was this image that moviegoers fell in love with in her musicals (The Pajama Game, 1957) and lightweight sex comedies (Pillow Talk, 1959), making her one of the most popular and highest paid actresses of the '50s and '60s. A young woman can't get anyone to believe she's being stalked. Although at times she can be accused of over-acting in this film, I thought her performance was quite strong and overlooked. Based on Janet Green's 1958 play Matilda Shouted Fire, Midnight Lace (1960) is an okay mystery-thriller, primarily a vehicle for its star, Doris Day, whose last non-comedy feature this was. and the Terms and Policies, Released in United States Fall November 1960, Released in United States on Video April 30, 1996. We’re your movie poster source for new releases and vintage movie posters. I enjoyed the film and it kept me guessing till the end. Cast. 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