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Midnight Lace

Year:
Duration:
110 min | 108 min (TCM print)
Genres:
Thriller | Mystery
IMDB rate:
6.9
Director:
David Miller
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1960-11-25
Filming Locations: London, England, UK
Earnings
Gross: $7,400,000 (USA) Rentals $3,700,000 (USA)
Cast
Actor
Character
Doris Day
Kit Preston
Rex Harrison
Anthony Preston
John Gavin
Brian Younger
Myrna Loy
Aunt Bea
Roddy McDowall
Malcolm Stanley
Herbert Marshall
Charles Manning
Natasha Parry
Peggy Thompson
Hermione Baddeley
Dora Hammer
John Williams
Inspector Byrnes
Richard Ney
Daniel Graham
Anthony Dawson
Roy Ash
Rhys Williams
Victor Elliot
Richard Lupino
Simon Foster
Hayden Rorke
Dr. Garver
Doris Lloyd
Nora Stanley - Housekeeper
Elspeth March
Woman
Peter Adams
Man at American Consulate
Rex Evans
Basil Stafford
Anna Cheselka
Swan Lake Ballet Dancer
Vladimir Oukhtomsky
Swan Lake Ballet Dancer
Leon Charles
(uncredited)
Paul Collins
Kevin (uncredited)
Terence de Marney
Tim (uncredited)
Roy Dean
Harry (uncredited)
Herbert Deans
(uncredited)
Anthony Eustrel
Luggage Salesman (uncredited)
James Fairfax
Bus Driver (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum
Ballet Audience Spectator (uncredited)
Alex Finlayson
(uncredited)
Mary Flynn
Nurse (uncredited)
Peter Fontaine
Workman (uncredited)
James Forrest
Doorman (uncredited)
Joseph Gershenson
Orchestra Conductor (uncredited)
Michael Gibson
Cabby
Tony Haig
(uncredited)
Sam Harris
Man at Board Meeting / Ballet Audience Spectator (uncredited)
Barry Harvey
(uncredited)
Ramsay Hill
Blind Man (uncredited)
Richard Howe
Bobby (uncredited)
William Hummer
Boy (uncredited)
James Hyland
Policeman (uncredited)
Donald Journeaux
Porter (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp
Pub Patron (uncredited)
Colin Kenny
Pub Patron (uncredited)
Alma Lawton
(uncredited)
Donald Lawton
Bobby (uncredited)
Avis Lennard
Minor Role (uncredited)
Pamela Light
Beautician (uncredited)
Jack Livesey
Policeman (uncredited)
James Logan
Bobby (uncredited)
Keith McConnell
Policeman (uncredited)
Daphne McKay
Minor Role (uncredited)
Maurice Millard
(uncredited)
Harold Miller
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Richard Peel
Tommy (uncredited)
George Pelling
(uncredited)
Marie Pringle
Minor Role (uncredited)
John Sheffield
Attendant (uncredited)
Cap Somers
Minor Role (uncredited)
Jacqueline Squire
Mother (uncredited)
Bert Stevens
Ballet Audience Spectator (uncredited)
Hal Taggart
Man at Board Meeting (uncredited)
Christine Thomas
(uncredited)
Towyna Thomas
(uncredited)
Tom Toner
Porter (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey
Man at Airport (uncredited)
Nelson Welch
(uncredited)
Yvonne White
(uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
In her autobiography, Doris Day wrote that to prepare herself for one of the terror scenes, she recalled a time when her first husband, trombonist Al Jorden, dragged her out of bed when she was ill and pregnant and hurled her against a wall. Day related that in the scene she wasn't acting hysterical, she WAS hysterical, and at the end of the take she collapsed in a real faint. She was carried to her dressing room, and producer Ross Hunter shut down production for a few days while she recovered.
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This was Doris Day's last dramatic film. She continued making films for another eight years all of which were comedies.
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Dictating his memoirs near the end of his life, 'Rex Harrison' barely mentioned "Midnight Lace" except to say that he wasn't fond of the script. He also (falsely) reported that 'Doris Day' was under so much pressure to make the picture work that she collapsed. Day was indeed under strain, though it was due to her personal form of method-acting that caused her breakdown, not from the script or the production.
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Goofs
When Brian Younger is walking by Kit Preston's building, he hears the door to the construction site squeaking loudly as it opens and shuts. A second later he goes through it, and the door makes no sound at all.
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When Kit Preston is pushed to the ground in front of a bus and is subsequently helped to her feet to leave the scene, her coat remains immaculately clean throughout, in spite of having fallen face down on a wet road.
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At the end of the movie, Kit is scared by the fireplace coals moving (making a sound). There is a decent size fire going. In just a matter of minutes, when her husband comes home and they turn off all lights, no fire or light from the fireplace is visible.
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Quotes
Creepy Voice: Careful, Mrs. Preston. I wouldn't want you to get hurt. Not yet. Is this interesting? Interesting? Yes No | Share this Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink Hide options Creepy Voice: We all meet death somewhere along the way. Is this interesting? Interesting? Yes No | Share this Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink Hide options Tony Preston: [opening door] Oh, it's you, Bea.
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Tony Preston: You wouldn't want an irresponsible husband.
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Brian Younger: Before the war I planned on being an architect. But that meant an office and four walls. I even sleep out under the stars whenever I can. Camping trips and things like that.
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Faq
Q
"Midnight Lace"---Did It Have Good Box Office?
A
Chicago Tribune, Friday, October 28, 1960:LOOKING AT HOLLYWOODby Hedda Hopper. . . . Ross Hunter's "Midnight Lace" is cleaning up at Radio City Music Hall, where it took in over $105,000 in four days, better business than all the Broadway theaqters put together._______________________________
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Photos from cast
Joan Staley