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A suave tennis player (Ray Milland) plots the perfect murder, the dispatching of his wealthy wife (Grace Kelly), who is having an affair with a writer (Robert Cummings). Amazingly, the wife manages to stave off her attacker, a twist of fate that challenges the hubby's talent for improvisation. Alfred Hitchcock wisely stuck to the stage origins ofDial M for Murder, ignoring the temptation to "open up" the material from the home of the unhappy couple. The result may not be one of Hitchcock's deepest films, but it's a thoroughly engaging chamber movie. It also features Grace Kelly at her loveliest, the same year she madeRear Windowwith Hitchcock.Dial M for Murderwas filmed in the briefly trendy 3-D process, and Hitchcock shot some scenes to bring out the depth of the 3-D field; it's especially good for the nail-biting attempted murder of Kelly, and her desperate reach for a pair of scissors that seems to be just outside her grasp. However, the film was rarely shown with the proper 3-D projection, going out "flat" instead (a 1980 reissue restored the process for a limited theatrical release).Dial Mwas remade in 1998 asA Perfect Murder, a film that changed and expanded the material, with no improvement on the clean, witty original.--Robert Horton
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CastGrace Kelly, Ray Milland, Peter Bogdanovich, Richard Franklin, Joe Alves
DirectorAlfred Hitchcock, Laurent Bouzereau
Genre:  Classics
Screen WriterLaurent Bouzereau, Frederick Knott
DVD Release Date:  September 7, 2004
Runtime:  105 minutes
Studio:  Warner Home Video
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review by . April 05, 2006
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Although Hitchcock considered this film one of his lesser efforts, DIAL M FOR MURDER (based on the hit Broadway play by Frederick Knott) contains enough thrills and twists to keep fans happy, and Hitchcock's touch is evident in every scene.    Margot Wendice (Grace Kelly) seems to have the perfect marriage with her tennis champion husband Tony (Ray Milland). But we soon learn that Margot has another man on the side, Mark Halliday (Bob Cummings). When Tony discovers the affair, …
review by . December 06, 2000
Pros: Ensemble cast, director, plot, b&w     Cons: no visible chemistry between female & male leads     A few weeks ago while scanning the preview channel I saw Dial M For Murder being shown on the Arts & Entertainment channel. The movie started five minutes earlier but I was quickly drawn into the plot.      Dial M For Murder is shown in Black & White dated from 1954 lasting about 1.5 hours. I had never seen this before …
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