Dial M for Murder Reviews
This is a very cheap film. With the exception of a men's club scene that is easily skippable, the entire enterprise takes place in one apartment with about six people. There are no car chases or explosions. not even a gunshot. I bring this up because of a pet peeve of mine. I constantly hear the excuse that the movie wasn't good because of the budget. The ye olde they did what they could with what they had.
What they, of course, should say is our scriptwriter and actors lack talent what do you expect. Nobody wants to say that so he or she blame the budget. What could you expect for so little money? Literally, you could perform this entire film in your own living room.
Now in all fairness to all those aspiring Hitchcocks out there, most of you don't have a successful stage play as a starting point neither do you have a Grace Kelly or Ray Milland among your group of friends. (You probably have at least one Robert Cummings). That really does make a difference in a one-room play to screen adaptation (See Glengarry Glen Ross when it comes to stacking the acting deck).
The story is nice and tight and expertly told. Ray Milland s perfect as the genial murderer while Grace Kelly really is a stunning beauty in this one. To the point one really has to wonder about Ray Milland's plan. A fun movie that holds up extremely well.