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Midnight Lace (1960)

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Just how much do we love Doris Day? Oh, let us count the ways! Probably better appreciated nowadays for her work as a brilliant comedienne, she also did the odd dramatic work and acquitted herself extremely well. Here she’s the housewife in London terrorized by a series of phonecalls in which an unknown voice tells her she’s going to be murdered. Janet Green, who wrote the stage play, was a noted screenwriter with a venerable body of work and this was quite a hit in London in its day. Ivan Goff and  Ben Roberts (who simultaneously had the similarly themed Lana Turner vehicle Portrait in Black on release)  adapted it for the screen. Reunited here with director David Miller who had a great record bringing Oscar noms to actors, she is definitely in a Universal Picture:  Ross Hunter along with her husband Martin Melcher on producing duties, Russell Metty doing the cinematography and art direction by Robert Clatworthy and Alexander Golitzen. There is Sexy Rexy Harrison as Doris’ elegant husband and a wonderful supporting cast including Myrna Loy, Roddy McDowall, Herbert Marshall, Natasha Parry, Hermione Baddeley and Hitchcock favourite John Williams as the Inspector along with Anthony Dawson  (also from Dial M for Murder) in the lineup. As you might surmise, this is indeed another case of Marriage is Murder. London at the time was quite the location as we know from previous outings. (I want a flat in St James’, and in this life, please). Not the greatest thriller of its time but boy is it fun! Now:  when is someone going to screen Sudden Fear (1952), directed by Miller and starring Joan Crawford?!

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An occasional movie-watching diary.

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