Starring Doris Day, Rex Harrison, John Gavin, Myrna Loy, Roddy McDowall, Herbert Marshall, Natasha Parry, John Williams
Gripping. Thrilling. Surprising.
Voice: Careful, Mrs. Preston. I wouldn’t want you to get hurt. Not yet.
Kit Preston (Day) is a happy American wife living in London with her doting husband, Anthony (Harrison). Walking home in the fog one afternoon, Kit has her life torn apart when a voice calls out to her making disturbing threats on her life. At first convinced it was simply a prank, the threats continue over the phone causing Kit to become more and more paranoid, while those around her (who find no proof of this mysterious stalker) question whether she’s losing her sanity. Described as Hitchockian, Midnight Lace does, in my opinion, earn that distinction, expertly balancing its many suspects and red herrings, ultimately leading us to its exceptional conclusion. Day, in an unfamiliar genre, proves (as she did in The Man Who Knew Too Much), to be perfect in the role as lady in distress.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-