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Dial M for Murder (1981)

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This second film version of Frederick Knott's suspense play stars Christopher Plummer as a wealthy Londoner, who works out a meticulous scheme to murder his wife (Angie Dickinson) and escape undetected. The plan goes awry when the wife fights off the man hired to commit the murder, killing her attacker with a pair of scissors. Thinking quickly, Plummer manages to convince the police that his wife is guilty of premeditated murder. The woman is sentenced to hang for her "crime", but a diligent police inspector (Anthony Quayle) has second thoughts about her guilt. A serviceable made-for-TV job, the 1981 Dial 'M' for Murder suffers only when compared to Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 filmization of the same play.

Cast

Angie Dickinson
as Margot Wendice
Christopher Plummer
as Tony Wendice
Michael Parks
as Max Halliday
Anthony Quayle
as Inspector Hubbard
Ron Moody
as Captain Lesgate "Swann"
Gerry Gibson
as Sgt. Williams
John Touchstone
as Sgt. Thompson
Leo Lewis
as Sgt. Pearson
Clement St. George
as Man at Party
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