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Dial M for Murder
- Ray Milland

Overview - Alfred Hitchcock had already begun work on REAR WINDOW when he took on the project to direct DIAL M FOR MURDER, based on the successful play by Frederick Knott. For the film, Hitchcock chose to cast his favorite leading lady of the time, Grace Kelly, as the embattled Margot Wendice.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Alfred Hitchcock had already begun work on REAR WINDOW when he took on the project to direct DIAL M FOR MURDER, based on the successful play by Frederick Knott. For the film, Hitchcock chose to cast his favorite leading lady of the time, Grace Kelly, as the embattled Margot Wendice. Kelly would also star in REAR WINDOW and Hitchcock's subsequent TO CATCH A THIEF. It wasn't Hitchcock's preference to shoot DIAL M FOR MURDER in Warnercolor 3D (the cameras were large and unwieldly), and the film is seldom screened in 3D, but Hitchcock's use of the technique is notable for its service to the story rather than just being a gimmick. In the film Margot Wendice is a wealthy heiress whose playboy husband, Tony (Ray Milland), recognizes his dependence on his wife's fortune. When Tony begins to suspect he is losing Margot's affection to writer Mark Halliday (Robert Cummings), he also begins to fear he will lose her wealth. This leads the callous husband to craft a plan for his wife's death. However, when the plan goes awry, Tony is quick to turn circumstance into a second opportunity to destroy his wife.

Cast List

Alfred Hitchcock - Director/screenwriter/producer, VERTIGO, THE BIRDS, PSYCHO
Sir Alfred Hitchcock - Director/screenwriter/producer, VERTIGO, THE BIRDS, PSYCHO
Grace Kelly - Oscar winning American actress, THE COUNTRY GIRL, MOGAMBO
Princess Grace - Oscar winning American actress, THE COUNTRY GIRL, MOGAMBO
Anthony Dawson - British Actor
Frederick Knott - Author/Playwright
Robert Cummings - Emmy winning American actor
Bob Cummings - Emmy winning American actor
Blade Stanhope Conway - Emmy winning American actor
Ray Milland - Welsh-born actor, THE LOST WEEKEND/LOVE STORY
Reginald Truscott-Jones - Welsh-born actor, THE LOST WEEKEND/LOVE STORY
Reginald Mullane - Welsh-born actor, THE LOST WEEKEND/LOVE STORY
Spike Milland - Welsh-born actor, THE LOST WEEKEND/LOVE STORY
Raymond Milland - Welsh-born actor, THE LOST WEEKEND/LOVE STORY
Robert Burks
Dimitri Tiomkin - Composer
Rudi Fehr - Editor\works with Kaja
John Williams - Actor

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 105
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 085391115625
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: September 2004

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Mystery
Psychodrama
Stage Play
Suspense
Thriller
Betrayal
Murder
Film Noir
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Essential Cinema

 
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Synopsis:
DIAL M FOR MURDER is Alfred Hitchcock's intriguing cinematic adaptation of Frederick Knott's play about a woman who slowly comes to realize that her husband is trying to murder her. In order to get his hands on his wife Margot's fortune, Tony Wendice hires a hit man to "break into" their apartment and kill her. But when things don't go according to plan, the scheming husband turns circumstances into a second chance to be rid of his wife.

Notes:
Hitchcock cameo: Hitch can be seen in a class reunion photograph, standing on the left, about 10 minutes into the film. DIAL M FOR MURDER was shot in 3-D but not originally released in that format; the 3-D version has subsequently been screened in various art movie houses. The film was remade as a 1981 TV movie starring Angie Dickinson and later as a feature film starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Michael Douglas and entitled A PERFECT MURDER.

Reviews:
"...Besides historic charm, the movie also sports droll humor....It's a cinema-history treat..." - 05/19/2000 Chicago Sun-Times, p.30


"Well-acted, un-stagy and with a huge third-act boost from John Williams..." - 09/10/2004 USA Today, p.6D


"[T]aut, terrifying..." - 08/29/2004 Los Angeles Times, p.E11


"Hitchcock shows that even the most glamorous unions can turn ugly..." -- Grade: B - 05/13/2011 Entertainment Weekly


4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is a meticulous Hitchcock thriller with an equally meticulous villain..." - 01/31/2013 Total Film

 
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