She is threatened by the eerie, high-pitched voice as she walks in the thick London fog. Over here now Mrs.Preston. By creating an account, you agree to the Privacy Policy Over here. | Rating: 3/5, October 31, 2003 Director: David Miller Bottom line: a really good mystery thriller, even if it is a little dated. Only after the shadowy figure slowly lowers itself down beside her is it revealed to be Brian, the nice contractor from next door. And it worked too well. Sign up here. Rex Harrison. MIDNIGHT LACE – FINISHES POLE STYLE OVERALL HEIGHT CLASS FINISH COLOUR MOUNT OPTION OPTION ... pole is spun cast with this concrete mix. | Fresh (5) When Kit arrives for lunch, Tony informs her that, once again, he must cancel their date in order to work. The film's few problems are very few, but this was a very tight, not to mention, taught thriller. Directed by: David Miller. Forgot your password? and the Terms and Policies, 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. A March 26, 1960 Los Angeles Times news item mistakenly stated that Roddy McDowall would "play Rex Harrison's son." 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. Get the freshest reviews, news, and more delivered right to your inbox! 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. 1960's Midnight Lace is Day's last non-comedic film, a suspense tale about yet another woman in peril. Kit Preston, - Myrna Loy, who was cast as Aunt Bea, had a much less stressful experience and recalled the filming in her autobiography, Myrna Loy: Being and Becoming: "I have nothing but the best to say about Doris Day. It stars Doris Day, Rex Harrison, John Gavin, Myrna Loy, Roddy McDowall and Herbert Marshall. It looks like an upside down flower basket was dumped on her head. The movie is ninety minutes of poor Doris Day persecuted by a villain or villains unknown, while we meet a bumper crop of suspects. Richard Ney smiles mysteriously after hearing that a shakeup in Harrison's company might earn him a promotion. "You shouldn't be seen with me." I'd like to think that Midnight Lace falls somewhere in between. Midnight Lace was released a few months after Hitchcock's Psycho. Or she could be overwrought (Storm Warning, 1951) and unintentionally funny (Julie, 1956) in less talented hands. All rights reserved. Tony decides to take Kit to Venice the following day, and later, while she is packing, calls Bea to stay with Kit while he attends a board meeting. It's pretty much a dated score, but not one that has lost any of it's charm. The combination of various concrete mix designs and surface finishes provides the client with over 36 standard finishes (custom colours available We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your email. Cinematography: Russell Metty Some were rather original, others could be seen as straight out-and-out copycats. The spirit of Alfred Hitchcock looms large over this intriguing thriller. Just then, the phone rings again, and although Tony tries to listen in, before he can hear anything, Kit hangs up, unable to endure the caller's vile words. The percentage of users who rated this 3.5 stars or higher. Read More Midnight Lace posters for sale online. The TCM Vault Collection's DVD of Midnight Lace is an acceptable encoding of Ross Hunter's glossy 'woman in jeopardy' thriller. Kit can tell that Brian is interested her, but she's not immediately aware of a mysterious stranger (Anthony Dawson) who watches the house by night and follows her by day. I enjoyed the film and it kept me guessing till the end. She races to the apartment she shares with Anthony, her financier husband of three months, where Tony dismisses the incident as a typical British practical joke, and distracts Kit by offering to take her on a romantic trip to Venice. After Tony mentions Byrnes's suspicion, Bea also wonders if Kit could be inventing the threats. By Glenn Erickson, The white gown Doris Day wears is the same dress she wore to the Oscar ceremony for her nomination in Pillow Talk (1959). When the American wife of a wealthy London-based financier starts receiving frightening phone calls, she believes her life is in danger, but when she protests to her family following a near-fatal accident, they and the police doubt her claims and even her sanity. Buy Midnight Lace movie posters from Movie Poster Shop. In her first starring movie, a remake of the 1960 Doris Day thriller, Mary Crosby (Bing's daughter) is a TV reporter stalked mercilessly by a mysterious assassin. | Rating: B 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! | Rating: 3/4 Soon after, Kit prepares to go out with her beloved aunt, Bea Coleman, who is visiting London. According to studio press materials, music supervisor Joseph Gershenson appeared onscreen, conducting the orchestra during the ballet sequence. The color is just fine and shows off the picture's elaborate sets and other lush surroundings that became Hunter's trademark. Coming Soon. That Midnight Lace works as well as it does is due to Ms. Day's committed performance. Rex Harrison and Myrna Loy make up part of the supporting cast and give the lead the strength that she needs. John Gavin. She then begins receiving repeated threatening telephone calls. This 10-digit number is your confirmation number. When the phone then rings, Kit insists that Bea answer and pretend to be her, but Bea is dismayed when she hears the voice ask what time Kit wants him to call her. Later, Tony promises to take Kit away to Venice, but the next day, she spots the gaunt man in the street and soon after is pushed in front of a bus. Synopsis by Linda Rasmussen. We’re your movie poster source for new releases and vintage movie posters. Midnight Lace is a 1960 American Eastmancolor mystery thriller film distributed by Universal-International, directed by David Miller, and stars Doris Day and Rex Harrison about a woman who is threatened by a stalker. Pillow Talk was a bright hit but it established an image for Day that didn't change with the times. To go what her character is going through in the movie, she should go a bit over the edge. Genres: Thriller, Mystery. When Doris Day's Kit is trapped in an elevator Brian comes to the rescue. Doris as scream queen! By this time Kit is crazy with fear. Music is by Frank Skinner and cinematography by Russell Metty. I wasn't acting hysterical, I was hysterical, so that at the end of that scene I collapsed in a real faint. By Ciara Farmer For Mailonline. 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. He had very little time for me or anybody else, as far as I could tell; he did his job and that was it. As soon as he leaves, the threatening voice calls on the telephone, again claiming he will kill Kit. "To convey the terror of my reaction I re-created the ghostly abuses of Al Jordan [Day's first husband, 1941-1943]. 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. 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). The films made after her Warners contract years were her best and most varied, and included a fine performance for Alfred Hitchcock that marked her first 'lady in peril' outing. All Rights Reserved. He must have been careful - he rode Reagan's coattails right into an ambassadorship [he served as US ambassador to Mexico, 1981-86]." She was wonderful to me, really lovely...The men were another story. The working title of this film was Matilda Shouted Fire. Coming Soon. The look of the film is very much Hitchcock. Kit races to the door, where she discovers Byrnes, who reveals that he had tapped the Prestons' phone and heard Tony make a fake phone call to the police. I bought into the conclusion early in advance so I wasn't too surprised by the outcome. After a struggle, Tony emerges victorious, but suddenly turns on Kit and admits that he and Peggy have conspired to make the threatening phone calls. Tony Preston, - For most of her film career, Doris Day was typecast in roles - many of her own choosing - that exploited her wholesome screen presence and sunny disposition. We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your account. Rex Harrison's cultured businessman is of course high on the suspects list. Still, the two actors established a good rapport and despite Day's brief on-set "breakdown," Harrison wrote "she credited me and my "light sense of humor" for helping her keep her sanity while we shot the rest of the picture. Rhys Williams Victor Elliott. Coming Soon. The image is an example of a ticket confirmation email that AMC sent you when you purchased your ticket. Before he leaves, the voice phones again, and when this time Tony hears it, he phones Byrnes to ask him to surround the building. Herbert Marshall looks around guiltily after a secret phone call. Music: Frank Skinner Don't have an account? |, July 6, 2019 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. Sidney Poitier’s 7 Most Memorable Performances, All Harry Potter Movies Ranked Worst to Best by Tomatometer. Implausible but somewhat satisfying Hitchcock-like thriller. The screenplay by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts is based on the play Matilda Shouted Fire by Janet Green. ©2021 Turner Classic Movies, Inc. A WarnerMedia Company. One of the few problems with the film is how dated it is not only musically, but due to its on-screen content. 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. The sound of footsteps approaching the dark car causes her to panic, but it is only Brian, whose construction work has disrupted the building electronics, attempting to rescue her. | Rating: 3/5. We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future. 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