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April 16, 2019
The film that probably proves Hitchcock is the ultimate murder mystery director. How he moves this film with simplicity yet complete effectiveness in dialogue, blocking and overall pacing is truly outstanding, especially given the amount of convolution to its plot. Grace Kelly is also terrific and plays seemingly melodramatic parts of the script in such layered nuances. One of those films that I think serves as a prime example of how to execute a stage play-esque murder mystery, which has become nearly impossible to pull off for so many filmmakers in modern day.
February 26, 2019
Sotisphicated and dramtically thriller...actually it's a dramtic case that i have a better appreciation on hitchcock
January 31, 2019
The best thrilling mystery movie ever made! With the best movie character ever portrayed: Ray Milland as Tony Wendice! And the best movie score ever composed!
January 28, 2019
Fantastic movie with a great score and excellent plot that draws you in.
December 29, 2018
Not quite what I was expecting here, sorta on the same level as Vertigo a bit and maybe Rear Window to a small extent. It's basically a murder set-up that goes slightly wrong and it comes down to the detective and the friend proving who did it. It's not bad, but it has an extremely slow start.
November 20, 2018
Less fluid and free visually than Hitchcock's usual due to unwieldy 3D cameras but still innovative in use of the 3D and still brilliantly directed. Grace Kelly is perfection and the clever, witty script and performances added to the gripping scenes and suspense make this another Hitch classic.
November 19, 2018
I love movies that are shot on one location and manage to be entertaining nonetheless... Dial M for Murder is certainly one of them. Shout out to that super stylish conviction scene!
November 11, 2018
Dial M for Murder: 8 out of 10: A one room how to do it (There is no mystery on the whodunnit front) directed by the man himself Alfred Hitchcock and starring Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, and Robert Cummings as the murdering husband, the victim wife and the adulterous lover respectfully.

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.
½ October 8, 2018
this might be my favorite hitchcock film. it almost entirely takes place in one location, but the charisma of ray milland and stage presence of the breathtaking grace kelly make you forget you haven't seen anything but an apartment so far. this film is so wonderfully simple; it primarily asks what would you do if you found out that your wife no longer loves you? how far would you go to protect your future? Another fun film; get the popcorn ready!
Super Reviewer
August 29, 2018
Warner Brothers studio forced Hitchcock to do this film to complete a contract and pushed for it to be shot in 3D even though the 3D fad had already run its course and was not making big bucks. So by its release date in 1954 it was mainly screened flat. The re-releases to show off the 3D effects in more recent years are great for those who are curious, but this is not a matter of restoration since most audiences never saw it in the 3D format initially. Lamps and trinkets on shelves in the foreground of shots just seem oddly placed. The special effect of a giant finger dialing a giant rotary phone (an effect Hitch had to request because 3D cameras couldn't capture the detail in a natural close-up) is clumsy and unbelievable. This was adapted from a stage play and Hitchcock really seems to be phoning in his directing effort, like he is bored with the project. Ray Milland as Tony the husband, Grace Kelly as Margot the wife, and Robert Cummings as Mark the lover do an admirable job in the twisty plot about an attempted perfect crime. It is a bit meta with jealous husband Tony questioning crime fiction writer Mark about murder and learning of tiny stupid mistakes that lead to the murderer being discovered. Of course this plants the suspense and leaves the audience in a state of tension until the crime is finally unravelled. This is due to the writer of the play rather than a sign of Hitchcock's mastery of cinematic suspense though.
August 7, 2018
So gripping I almost forgot time. Excellent movie!
½ July 26, 2018
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.
June 3, 2018
What it lacks in suspense, something you come to expect from Hitchcock, it more than makes up for with a fantastically written story that pays great attention to detail, perfectly showing all the things that can go wrong with what seems like a well-thought out and easy to execute murder-plan. The dialogue is cleverly written, letting us in on just what the characters are thinking, but the thing that's really captivating is Ray Milliband's performance -- he plays the affectionate husband/smug scoundrel combo to absolute perfection and you're just dying for him to get caught out by someone.
April 28, 2018
Since no one on here will do it, I'm going to praise Robert Cummings' performance in this. After all, his devotion to Grace Kelly saves the day. Another disturbing opinion about this movie is how some reviewers on here claim they would plot their own wives murder like Ray Milland. Really? Have people suddenly stopped getting divorces? Despite my quibbles about humanity, I can find nothing to quibble about with this picture. It is what it is. The attempted murder scene is one of Hitchcock's most chilling movie moments. It's right up there with Psycho and Frenzy in that department...
½ March 26, 2018
This is one hell of a movie filmed almost exclusively is one room of one flat.They do not make them this good like Hitchcock did anymore.
½ March 4, 2018
For a movie that is essentially a play largely set in one room for 95% of its running time, Ray Milland's charismatic performance and a fine (if occasionally slightly stilted) script make this a great Hitchcock movie. Grace Kelly is always easy on the eye and though not her best performance she's still perfectly cast here. It's hard to believe this movie was made in 3D and having seen the 3D version it does have it's merits though mainly as a curio to see how Hitchcock uses the technique under such constraints.
½ February 22, 2018
Ray Milland blackmails and old school mate into killing his wife Grace Kelly to prevent her from leaving him for boyfriend Robert Cummings. Things do not go as planned and Milland has to call an audible. This film seems to get relegated to second-tier Hitchcock status since it's essentially a filmed play ... heavy on dialogue and restricted to only one setting. I don't really agree. Sometimes the right thing to do when filming a play is to open it up, but that depends upon whether anything could be added to the play by removing it from it's stage setting. There's nothing in this play that invites this. Interestingly, I think "Rope" would be subject to the same criticism if it weren't for the technical experimentation Hitchcock brought to it with the simulation of a single-take. He did a similar thing with this film by using 3D to simulate the effect of the proscenium arch, but that is lost on modern audiences since it is rarely shown in 3D.
February 6, 2018
I found this piece along with Rope to be Hitchcock's most underrated films. It's dialogue is so intriguing and sets up such a tense situation and watching it unfold was like watching a jenga set slowly topple over but in a beautifully controlled way. The performances are all around good and the screenplay and perspectives kept me feeling sympathy for the characters, regardless the acts they were commuting. Perhaps this won't reach those who want a serial killing mother or murderer across the street from Hitchcock but those looking for a solid classic thriller, this delivers on all fronts.
½ January 18, 2018
Comes across as rather staged, but the plot itself is more than absorbing enough to compensate. The unfolding mystery is pretty enjoyable. Admittedly not my favourite Hitchcock film, but a satisfying thriller nonetheless.
January 6, 2018
Brilliant film by Hitchcock. Wonder why I'd never seen up to now.
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