Dial M for MurderDirector: Alfred Hitchcock
Based on the popular mystery play by Frederick Knott, Dial M For Murder is more talky and stagebound than most Hitchcock films, but no less enjoyable. British tennis pro Ray Milland suspects that his wealthy wife Grace Kelly is fooling around with handsome American Robert Cummings. Milland blackmails a disgraced former army comrade (Anthony Dawson) into murdering Kelly and making it look like the work of a burglar. But Milland's carefully mapped-out scheme does not take into account the notion that Kelly might fight back and kill her assailant. When the police (represented by John Williams) investigate, Milland improvises quickly, subtly planting the suggestion that his wife has committed first-degree murder. He almost gets away with it; to tell you more would spoil the fun of the film's final thirty minutes. Hitchcock claimed that he chose this single-set play because he was worn out from several earlier, more ambitious projects, and wanted to "recharge his batteries." Compelled by Warner Bros. to film Dial M for Murder in 3-D, Hitchcock perversely refused to throw in the standard in-your-face gimmickry of most stereoscopic films of the era--though watch how he visually emphasizes an important piece of evidence towards the end of the film.
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Cast & Crew
|Ray Milland||Tom Wendice|
|Grace Kelly||Margot Wendice|
|Robert Cummings||Mark Halliday|
|John Williams||Chief Inspector Hubbard|
|Anthony Dawson||Captain Swan Lesgate|
|Patrick Allen||Detective Pearson|
|Leo Britt||The Storyteller|
|George Alderson||The Detective|
|Robin Hughes||A Police Sergeant|
|Sam Harris||Man in Phone Booth|
|Edward Carrere||Art Director|
|Mel Dellar||Asst. Director|
|Oliver S. Garretson||Sound/Sound Designer|
|George James Hopkins||Art Director,Set Decoration/Design|
|Moss Mabry||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Dimitri Tiomkin||Score Composer|
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A classic Hitchcock thriller starring the director's favorite leading lady Grace Kelly, this film is loaded with drama as well as creative twists and turns. The story of a man who has decided to murder his unfaithful wife by coercing a criminal acquaintance into breaking into their apartment and strangling her, instantly draws the audience in and as the plot thickens when his plans are suddenly thwarted things really get interesting. The cast is amazing with Kelly and Ray Milland playing the leads and comedic actor Robert Cummings well cast as the charming home wrecker. Another noteworthy aspect of this film is that it is one of the few Hitchcock movies that's filmed like a stage play. But as with Rear Window it works very well with this particular plot line.
Beautifully cast, wonderfully directed, perfectly executed.
Ray Milland and Grace Kelly play an unhappily married couple in this Hitchcock thriller. Kelly has been unfaithful with an American writer played by Robert Cummings. Milland finds out but doesn't let on. He decides he wants his wealthy wife dead. Watch this one for a surprise ending.
Ray Milland and Grace Kelly star as an unhappily married couple living in London. Milland, playing retired tennis star Tony Wendice, finds out his wife has cheated on him with an American writer. He contacts a shady acquaintance from his university days and employs him to murder his wife. If the plot works, Milland will inherit his wealthy wife's money. Poor Grace Kelly, what horrors await.
This is the director at his best. Ray Milland is brillant as the villian as Grace Kelly is beautiful. Certainly worth buying.