Midnight Lace from 1960 with Doris Day, Rex Harrison and John Williams "I want to make a Hitchcock movie also," said too many directors around the time Hitchcock was banging out one 1950s mega hit after another. Director David Miller even hired Hitchcock alumni actors Doris Day and John Williams (who is everything a Scotland Yard police inspector on film should be) to give it a Hitchcock feel. But Midnight Lace never comes close to Hitchcockian levels as the story isn't strong enough and Miller's directing lacks the master's touch. Wealthy English banker Rex Harrison's new, young American wife, Doris Day, begins receiving threatening anonymous phone calls. Harrison, while always tied up at work - a major client is suing and accounting has uncovered a high-level embezzlement scheme - immediately takes his wife to Scotland Yard. There, Inspector Williams begins an investigation, but also notes that, oftentimes, these callers are just reasonably harmless thrill seekers. As in a good Hitchcock, there are several suspects: a handsome contractor working on the apartment building next to the Harrisons, a nearby neighbor who appears helpful and a mysterious man, maybe, watching Day. As time goes by, Day becomes more frantic, but isn't able to produce evidence as the calls never happen when anyone else is around. Then, her behavior seems to become erratic as she claims she was pushed in front of a moving bus that stopped just in time, but nobody at the crowded stop saw her pushed. Midnight Lace now shifts into psychological-Hitchcock mode as Day is taken to a psychiatrist and even begins to question her own sanity. After that, it's more threatening anonymous calls, fear and self doubt as the movie grinds (not speeds) to a conclusion that asks its audience to forgive a lot of plot flaws and questionable actions. (Spoiler alert) Harrison is behind it all as a way to cover up that he is the embezzler at his office. It's a clunky and not believable conclusion. Midnight Lace has too much movie resting on too thin a story. Hitchcock knew that if the story was thin, the characters had to engage you, yet here you only kinda care about them and less, not more, as the story plods on. While John Williams is wonderful as ever, Rex Harrison is professional and Doris Day gives her all as a woman in distress, even talented actors can only do so much with mediocre material. Midnight Lace is a Hitchcockian wannabee that never really gets out of first gear.