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Dial M for Murder

  • Drama
  • 1954
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • 101 mins
  • PG

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.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Tony WendiceRay Milland
Margot WendiceGrace Kelly
Mark HallidayRobert Cummings
Chief Inspector HubbardJohn Williams (1)
Captain LesgateAnthony Dawson
PearsonPatrick Allen
WilliamGeorge Leigh
DetectiveGeorge Alderson
Police sergeantRobin Hughes
NarratorLeo Britt

Crew

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DirectorAlfred Hitchcock

Details

Theatrical distributor
Park Circus
Released on
2013-07-26
Language
English
Guidance
Some violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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