Dial M for Murder (1954)
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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
May 29, 1954 Wide
Sep 7, 2004
Warner Bros. Pictures
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Dial M is less a filmed play than a highly cinematic investigation of theatricality.
The screenplay tends to constrain rather than liberate Hitchcock's thematic thrust, but there is much of technical value in his geometric survey of the scene and the elaborate strategies employed to transfer audience sympathy among the main characters.
[Hitchcock] tried once before, in Rope, to build up a whole continuous drama in one set. He wasn't as successful in that venture. Dial M has all the space it needs.
This second-tier Hitchcock is best known for Grace Kelly's star turn and sleek production values, including use of 3D.
Dial M for Murder may never look quite as impossibly perfect as it does on the big screen, but Warner's suitable, inarguably flawed Blu-ray transfer is by quite some lengths the best its ever looked on the small screen.
Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder isn't his best film, but it still to this day remains a classic murder-mystery that works because of its effective three leads and Hitchcock's attempt at creating a 3D film that almost surpasses the gimmick.
Dial M for Murder is often dismissed as lesser Hitchcock, yet its intricate plot and sterling performances thrill me every time I watch it.
Based on a magnificently intricate script ... it benefits immensely from Hitchcock's razor-sharp direction.
...a completely watchable yet less-than-consistent effort from Hitchcock...
In Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder, even the innocent have poker faces.
The film is about creating and maintaining suspense, which Hitchcock manages quite effectively. (TCM Greatest Classic Films: Murder Mysteries)
A modest thriller in comparison to Hitchcock's later works, but one that's nonetheless taut and cleverly managed.
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