Midnight Lace

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

Although its theatrical origins (Janet Green's Matilda Shouted Fire) aren't exactly disguised, this is a smoothly efficient variation on the 'frightened lady' thriller. Just married to English businessman Harrison, Day's the American in London progressively unravelling after threatening anonymous phonecalls and voices in the fog. Perhaps surprisingly for an actress who always seemed to keep plenty in reserve, her hysteria's pretty full-on, and the taut screenplay keeps up the pressure with a string of worthy suspects (wheedling McDowall, scheming Marshall, disturbed war vet Gavin). Suavely effective, with extra fun spotting the joins between the authentic location work featuring Dotty's stand-in, and the star herself back in Burbank on the least convincing London street this side of The Spy Who Shagged Me.

By: TJ


Release details

110 mins

Cast and crew

David Miller
Ben Roberts, Ivan Goff
John Williams
Rex Harrison
Doris Day
Herbert Marshall
John Gavin
Natasha Parry
Roddy McDowall
Hermione Baddeley
Myrna Loy
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