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Dial M for Murder

Dial M for Murder

Alfred Hitchcock (1954)

101min
PG Certificate
Sunday 2:10pm - 3:50pm BBC Two
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Alfred Hitchcock only took on this version of Frederick Knott's play to fulfil his Warners contract. Such was his lack of interest in the project that he claimed he could have phoned in his direction and that the action wouldn't have been any less interesting if he had staged it in a phone box. It's true to say that many of the set pieces literally fall flat, because they were originally composed for presentation in 3D, but as Ray Milland plots to bump off wife Grace Kelly there are plenty of deft touches that loudly proclaim "genius at work". Milland's sinister sophistication catches the eye, but Kelly's subtly shaded suffering is superb.

Summary

A former tennis champion suspects his wife is having an affair, so he hatches a plan to have her killed and inherit her fortune. He succeeds in blackmailing a disgraced former soldier into murdering her and making it look like a burglary. However, the plan backfires when the intended victim kills the would-be assassin. Alfred Hitchcock's thriller, starring Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings and John Williams.

Cast & Crew

Tony Wendice Ray Milland
Margot Wendice Grace Kelly
Mark Halliday Robert Cummings
Chief Inspector Hubbard John Williams
Captain Lesgate Anthony Dawson
Pearson Patrick Allen
William George Leigh
Detective George Alderson
Police sergeant Robin Hughes
Narrator Leo Britt
Director Alfred Hitchcock
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Park Circus Guidance: Some violence. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 26 Jul 2013

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