Dial M for Murder

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Released 1954

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Director:
Alfred Hitchcock
Released:
1954
Rating:
PG
Dial M for Murder is the 1954 3-D suspense sensation from the master himself, Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho, North by Northwest, Rear Window, The Birds, Frenzy). Ex-tennis star Tony Wendice (Ray Milland, The Lost Weekend, Markham, Love Story) wants to murder younger, wealthier, and much prettier trophy wife Margot (Grace Kelly, Rear Window, High Noon, To Catch a Thief). The beautiful Margot has fallen out of love with Tony, and is fonder of smooching with old school-friend and TV crime writer Mark Halliday (Robert Cummings, Saboteur, Kings Row). Tony hires an old school chum of his own, petty criminal Swann (Anthony Dawson, Dr. No, From Russian with Love, Tiger Bay), to come over and kill Margot, while he is goes out on an alibi dinner with Halliday. Chief inspector Hubbard (John Williams, Sabrina, Witness for the Prosecution) eventually arrives to try and sort out Tony's immaculately plotted, but regrettably imprecise, murder plan.

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  • 80

    Village Voice

    If the things here are homelier and less loved than, say, Marnie's neon yellow purse or Cary Grant's glowing glass of milk, and the film itself no one's idea of major Hitch, it rem...

  • 70

    TV Guide Magazine

    Lower case Hitch, but diverting and sleek, with the climax early on. [review of original release]

  • 70

    Chicago Reader Dave Kehr

    The screenplay tends to constrain rather than liberate Hitchcock's thematic thrust, but there is much of technical value in his geometric survey of the scene and the elaborate stra...

Ray Milland

Ray Milland

Tony Wendice

John Williams (I)

John Williams (I)

Chief Inspector Hubbard

Robert Cummings

Robert Cummings

Mark Halliday

Patrick Allen

Patrick Allen

Detective Pearson

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

Margot Mary Wendice

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Thrillers, Psychological, Crime, Classics