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½ July 22, 2016
Whilst it might feel more like a stage play than a motion picture, Dial M For Murder is purely entertaining from start to finish.
½ July 12, 2016
Dial M for Murder was adapted for the big screen from a Broadway play of the same name. The original writer of the play, Frederick Knott, also wrote the screenplay. Both him and director Alfred Hitchcock chose to remain faithful to the original; almost the entire film is played out inside a living room. That is not to say that the film is claustrophobic, Hitchcock provides us with a crisp presentation of the geography of the fated apartment.

The story line is simple, an opportunistic husband wants to (permanently) get rid of his adulterous, rich wife. Out of the 4 main actors, John Williams shines as the gritty chief inspector, a role he also played in the Broadway version, although his well-practiced performance is eclipsed by the one from Ray Milland, who plays the villainous husband. He keeps his gentlemanly ways until the end of the film, but there is always a sinister shadow at the edge of his constant smile. Grace Kelly as the victimized wife and Robert Cummings as the wife's lover, deliver stock performances; albeit not mis-casted, the give us nothing to be excited about.

One thing that will indeed excite most of us, is the variety of thriller scenes; this is one stirring film. The pace picks up from the beginning and it doesn't stop until the end. The plot is mildly predictable, but fortunately it has a few surprises in store. Modern audiences may be taken aback from the lengthy dialogue, but the aforementioned thrills will keep them from getting bored. One other interesting aspect is how Hitchcock manages how we sympathize between the love triangle. Although the husband is clearly the villain, I had a hard time distributing my sympathy.

Dial M for Murder isn't Hitchcock's best film, fans know that is not Hitchcock's best 1954 film, but it is a good thriller that is ready to entertain the majority of today's viewers. 7.0/10.
½ July 3, 2016
Suspense from beginning to end.
June 25, 2016
Not one of the higher rated Hitchcock films, but I thought it was great. Can definitely tell its play origins.
June 5, 2016
Takes a while to get going but once it does it's really good.
June 5, 2016
A one room dramatic crime thriller. Kelly is gorgeous.
½ May 30, 2016
The quintessential I-know-who-done-it who-done-it.
May 5, 2016
Dial M for Murder (1954) ???
First-rate thriller about rich husband who carefully devises plan to bump off his wife, but when it doesn't work out he goes through with another alternative. Stagey at times, but gripping and fascinating, with a handful of memorable performances. Remade (well I may add) in 1998 by Andrew David as A PERFECT MURDER.
April 21, 2016
Wouldn't the world be so simple if everyone processes information as logically as the characters do here. An extremely low budget single set piece movie with 4 central characters doing a hot and cold job. One moment the action and dialogues feel irritating and the next moment they are intriguing. Works more as a 'what if' game you might enjoy on a lazy afternoon and talking about lazy somebody else is playing it and you just have to sit back and watch it.

Tony (Ray Milland) has retired from professional tennis and living off his rich wife Margot (Grace Kelly) who is having an affair with Mark (Robert Cummings) a crime fiction writer. When Tony learns of this affair, he comes up with an elaborate plan for a perfect murder involving his ex-college mate Swann (Anthony Dawson). When the implementation goes horribly wrong, Tony quickly turns it again to his advantage. But he has to convince shrewd Inspector Hubbard (John Williams) along with Mark.

Though it is highly inconsistent in terms of performances and dialogues, the screenplay is watertight with gripping suspense and a witty plot. What actually is a simple perfect plan, Hitchcock's brilliance shines here with his masterful placing of pieces and strategically joining them. Ray Milland's dialogue delivery is horrible in the beginning but gets better later and Mark's cautious and caring character could have been a little more interesting. Grace Kelly is beautifully shown but John Williams steals the show as the tactful inspector. Background score is loud as in all Hitchcock's movies including a thread that does not leave your head for sometime.

Low budget thriller at its witty best
Super Reviewer
½ April 11, 2016
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.
March 28, 2016
You can tell it was a theater play before Hitchcock transformed it into a movie but it is otherwise an interesting mystery tale and one of his best.
½ February 20, 2016
The culmination of a lot of threads Hitchcock had been developing in his movies since the start of his career; an attempt at the perfect murder, a study of the premeditation of the psychopath who perceives he's been slighted, a character who writes mysteries, the single setting. In combining these all in one picture it would be fair to say the director had perfected them, however, it borrows elements from his own Rope and Strangers on a Train and it suffers by comparison: the plotter is not as memorable as in the latter film, the single setting not used as effectively as in the former. The suspense is simply not as great as in those two movies because it doesn't have Farley Granger who acted as the audience identification in both previous works. Furthermore, Dial M for Murder suffers from starting with a huge info dump, the kind Rope hid much better. Still if you kept up with all the exposition you'll certainly want to stick through to the end to find out the answer to this twist on the detective story, and in this sense it is a success.
February 12, 2016
Very boring,but worth because Alfred Hitchcock
February 8, 2016
kad te mozak zaboli od hickokovih voznji, usudio bih se reci sokantnije i bizarnije i od psiha
February 3, 2016
This is a crime movie directed by Alfred HITCHCOCK that he adapted from a play. The storyline is interesting, there are a few twists and even some humor tossed in, but there are also long parts with exhaustive, tedious explanations.
January 12, 2016
A certified classic, Dial M for Murder is quintessential Alfred Hitchcock and shows his skill for suspense and mystery. Though we know the real story of what is going on, it really makes you think throughout and it is captivating to see how the characters piece it all together and figure it out for themselves. Though Grace Kelly's acting left a bit to be desired, the film as a whole showcases why Hitchcock is a master of suspense in this largely shot in one room film. The whole film is really well done and the plot is incredibly compelling and it really works as a whole. Overall, Dial M for Murder is a truly great film that may have aged a touch, but is still phenomenal.
January 7, 2016
Keys, keys, keys... :)
Such efficient filmmaking.
January 2, 2016
It had been many years since I'd last seen this Hitchcock classic, so it was nice to revisit it. In my opinion, Grace Kelly was one of the all-time most beautiful actresses, so I could watch her in just about anything, but watching her in a Hitchcock film is a special treat. This one is typical Hitch, and is highly entertaining. Definitely worth a watch!
December 21, 2015
Exhilarating one room act.
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