Dial M for Murder1954
Dial M for Murder (1954)
Critic Consensus: Dial M for Murder may be slightly off-peak Hitchcock, but by any other standard, it's a sophisticated, chillingly sinister thriller -- and one that boasts an unforgettable performance from Grace Kelly to boot.
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as Tony Wendice
as Margot Mary Wendice
as Mark Halliday
as Chief Inspector Hubbard
as Capt. Swan Lesgate
as The Narrator
as The Detective
as Police Sergeant
as Man in Photo
as Man in Phone Booth
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Critic Reviews for Dial M for Murder
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.
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.
It all moves along in a rather efficient if lifeless fashion, with only John Williams shining as a canny police detective.
Audience Reviews for Dial M for Murder
John Williams and Grace Kelly are surely great, but Ray Milland is fantastic in this sophisticated and intellectually stimulating thriller that fascinates with its witty, impeccably-written dialogue and the intelligent minutiae of everything that can go wrong in a perfect murder.
Very slow to start, really found myself quite bored. Picks up a little with the "murder", but still wouldn't call it riveting viewing. Though classic movies are far from my favourite, there are definitely much better ones out there. I was interested to see Grace Kelly act as I have heard a lot about her over the years. I was kind of underwhelmed. She's a nice looking woman, but not the most beautiful ever and not an extremely convincing actress either. This was okay.
Based on a play, so it comes with limitations, but slow and too talky, overall. Not Hitchcock's best work. And while conceptually, I like that the whole story takes place in one room, it's unfortunately stiff to watch.