Doris Day’s underrated performance, lifts this archetypal woman-in-peril suspenser into a different league. She plays Rex Harrison’s glamorous American wife living in London and her eerie, minutely calibrated descent from doubt through distress to tear-stained crack-up is mesmerising. Ross Hunter’s production is elegant, as is the acting of the supporting cast with British character actors papering over any cracks in the plot. After seeing Day terrorised in a lift, you may in future insist on taking the stairs.
- David Miller
- Doris Day, Rex Harrison, John Gavin, Myrna Loy, Roddy McDowall, Herbert Marshall, Natasha Parry, Hermione Baddeley, John Williams, Richard Ney, Anthony Dawson, Rhys Williams, Richard Lupino, Hayden Rorke, Doris Lloyd
- 110 min