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Midnight Lace

Released 1960
Distributor Universal Pictures

Ross Hunter, Hollywood’s glossiest producer and Doris Day, Hollywood’s perennially cheery star, team up for this soap-operatic mix of Gaslight and Sorry, Wrong Number. Day is being stalked by a faceless killer and she finds little solace from her friends and family who assume she’s headed for a nervous breakdown. The dog-eared plot isn’t helped by the upscale decor and high-priced fashion (which are pure Hunter) but Rex Harrison, as Day’s duplicitous hubby, brings a welcome element of creepy ambiguity to the well-photographed (by Russell Metty) proceedings. Remade as a TV movie in 1981.

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About Dan Ireland

Dan Ireland loved movies of all shapes, sizes, genres and formats. As co-founder (and co-director) of The Seattle International Film Festival and Co-Artistic Director of The Louisiana International Film Festival, Dan produced over 15 movies including John Huston’s final film, The Dead, and Bernard Rose’s Paperhouse. He made his directorial debut in 1996 with the award winning The Whole Wide World starring Vincent D’Onofrio and a then unknown Renee Zellweger. His other directorial credits include Passionada, Mrs. Palfrey at The Claremont, starring Dame Joan Plowright and E.L. Doctorow’s Jolene, which launched the career of actress Jessica Chastain. What was to be Dan's next project, Mr. Lively, fell apart mere weeks before its scheduled production, a month before his passing on April 14, 2016.

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