Midnight Lace

1960

Action / Drama / Mystery / Thriller

49
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 74%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 3669

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Doris Day as Kit Preston
Roddy McDowall as Malcolm Stanley
Myrna Loy as Aunt Bea
Rex Harrison as Anthony Preston
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808.45 MB
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23.976 fps
1hr 43 min
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1hr 43 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MIKE WILSON 8 / 10

Superb performance by Doris Day.

After watching most of her other films, with Rock Hudson, and

James Garner, this is a major departure for Doris Day. Midnight

Lace, requires an actress of considerable ability, but Day proves

up the task. Her performance is one of the best that I have every

seen. She plays the wealthy wife of Rex Harrison, who is having

financial problems, running the family firm. After receiving several

phone calls, threatening her life, she has problems proving to the

police, and Harrison, that the calls really took place.

Other threads of the story,including Roddy McDowall as the

penniless son of Day's maid, Herbert Marshall as a gambler with

money troubles, and John Gavin,as the builder, with flashbacks

from the war, there is no lack of possible suspects,who may be

threatening Day. This film has the same look and feel as ‘Dial M for Murder' so that

is as good a recommendation as anybody could want. 8 out of 10.

Reviewed by HotToastyRag 8 / 10

Perfect for Halloween!

Despite the frilly-sounding title, Midnight Lace is not a girly chick flick. It's very scary, putting Alfred Hitchcock's films to shame. As it is, I liked it very much, but I would have loved it had I watched it in the afternoon instead of the evening. Some movies are just scary for me!

Doris Day is married to Rex Harrison-I know, suspension of disbelief-and is trying to adjust to her new married life in London. She hears a frightening voice while walking home alone one day, but that's just the beginning. . . Someone is following her and threatening her, but when she tells her husband and the police, no one believes her. Myrna Loy, her aunt, comes for a visit, but an added authoritative presence doesn't deter the stalker.

I've said it before, but Midnight Lace is pretty scary. If you liked getting frightened by the phone calls in Scream, you might find it fun to watch Scream's grandfather film. Doris is great, as she always is when given a chance to show her dramatic talents, and with John Gavin, Herbert Marshall, Roddy McDowall, and Hermione Baddeley to round out the supporting cast, she's got plenty to work with. I'm not a Rex Harrison fan, but he didn't ruin the movie. Try it out on Halloween and see what you think!

Reviewed by vincentlynch-moonoi 7 / 10

Questionable

I'm not as impressed with this film as are many of our viewers, so I am giving it a very weak "7".

Let's begin with the photography. I thought lighting here was often substandard. Many times the characters appear in dark shadows. It was quite distracting.

In terms of the acting, also mixed reviews from me. I have never been that impressed with Rex Harrison. And this film didn't boost his image with me. I once saw him live at an opening night at the Kennedy Center; we had seats 5 rows back from the stage and I could barely hear him; I thought it must be me; but next day in the "Washington Post" they complained about how such a great experienced actor could hardly be heard. I have long felt that Harrison made a splash at one point in his career and then coasted. Here he certainly coasted. Perhaps you have to be British.

I have liked Doris Day in many films, including her more dramatic roles. In particular, I liked her in "The Man Who Knew Too Much". Here she does "okay", but this is far from her best role.

I always sort of liked John Gavin, but even I admit he sometimes seems a bit wooden. The wonderful Myrna Loy has a supporting role her as Doris Day's aunt. To me, her role was ruined by some lousy dialog, and it seemed to me she had lost her touch. I was happy to see another veteran actor in a supporting role here -- Herbert Marshall. Unfortunately, he was way past his prime here, and it was not a very good part. Unfortunately, Roddy McDowell is here, as well; I never thought he was very good.

The plot...well, they did a really good job of shining the light of suspicion on several of the supporting characters, although, quite frankly, I think most of us knew who the villain was in the first 15 minutes of the film.

Look, this is a decent film, probably worth watching for most people who like the genre or Doris Day, but it's no great shakes.

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