The risk with clever thrillers is always that they will focus on pleasing the intellect at the expense of developing more depth. Dial M For Murder is a different kind of animal.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rather than let someone else mess with a play that has a formal perfection, Hitchcock did the adaptation himself, his only such credit while in Hollywood.
Milland's sinister sophistication catches the eye, but Kelly's subtly shaded suffering is superb.
Ray Milland is great as cold fish Tony Wendice, a former tennis pro who plans to bump off his adulterous wife. Still, Grace Kelly is mis-cast (or misdirected) as the spouse in question.
| Original Score: 3/5
The depth of focus, framing of characters and objects and use of the claustrophobic sets add extra pleasure to what was already a thoroughly enjoyable "perfect crime" nail-biter.
The set-up is ingenious and the "kill" scene genuinely thrilling.
Grace Kelly reaches out into the audience for murder scissors; foreground tea tables all but clonk your knees; a tell-tale door key - how many Hitchcock revelation moments feature those! - is brandished inches from your nose.
Second tier Hitch perhaps, but no less enjoyable for it, and still a marvel of cinematic technique.
Despite Hitchcock's own reservations this is definitely worth a look. Interesting to his aficionados and darkly funny and depressing in turns.
A tightly wound psychological parlour game, expanded only slightly from its claustrophobic stage roots.
This second-tier Hitchcock is best known for Grace Kelly's star turn and sleek production values, including use of 3D.
| Original Score: B
Dial M for Murder is often dismissed as lesser Hitchcock, yet its intricate plot and sterling performances thrill me every time I watch it.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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...
| Original Score: 3/4
In Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder, even the innocent have poker faces.
The fun of Dial M lies in its duel of wits...
A modest thriller in comparison to Hitchcock's later works, but one that's nonetheless taut and cleverly managed.
Dial M is less a filmed play than a highly cinematic investigation of theatricality.
Dial M remains more of a filmed play than a motion picture, unfortunately revealed as a conversation piece about murder which talks up much more suspense than it actually delivers.
Lower case Hitch, but diverting and sleek.