Dial M For Murder

Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock Starring: Ray Milland

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Ex-tennis pro tony wendice decides to murder his wife for her money and because she had an affair the year before. He blackmails an old college associate to strangle her, but when things go wrong he sees a way to turn events to his advantage.

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Studio Warner
SKU 40246956
UPC 085391115625
UPC 14 00085391115625
Format DVD
Release Date 8/29/2006
Rating NR
Keywords
Betrayal
Essential Cinema
Film Noir
Murder
Mystery
Psychodrama
Recommended
Stage Play
Suspense
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note Alfred Hitchcock had already begun work on REAR WINDOW when he took on the project to direct DIAL M FOR MURDER, based on the successful play by Frederick Knott. For the film, Hitchcock chose to cast his favorite leading lady of the time, Grace Kelly, as the embattled Margot Wendice. Kelly would also star in REAR WINDOW and Hitchcock's subsequent TO CATCH A THIEF. It wasn't Hitchcock's preference to shoot DIAL M FOR MURDER in Warnercolor 3D (the cameras were large and unwieldly), and the film is seldom screened in 3D, but Hitchcock's use of the technique is notable for its service to the story rather than just being a gimmick. In the film Margot Wendice is a wealthy heiress whose playboy husband, Tony (Ray Milland), recognizes his dependence on his wife's fortune. When Tony begins to suspect he is losing Margot's affection to writer Mark Halliday (Robert Cummings), he also begins to fear he will lose her wealth. This leads the callous husband to craft a plan for his wife's death. However, when the plan goes awry, Tony is quick to turn circumstance into a second opportunity to destroy his wife.
Plot Summary
Summary DIAL M FOR MURDER is Alfred Hitchcock's intriguing cinematic adaptation of Frederick Knott's play about a woman who slowly comes to realize that her husband is trying to murder her. In order to get his hands on his wife Margot's fortune, Tony Wendice hires a hit man to "break into" their apartment and kill her. But when things don't go according to plan, the scheming husband turns circumstances into a second chance to be rid of his wife.
Reviews
Chicago Sun-Times "...Besides historic charm, the movie also sports droll humor....It's a cinema-history treat..." 05/19/2000 p.30
USA Today "Well-acted, un-stagy and with a huge third-act boost from John Williams..." 09/10/2004 p.6D
Los Angeles Times "[T]aut, terrifying..." 08/29/2004 p.E11
Entertainment Weekly "Hitchcock shows that even the most glamorous unions can turn ugly..." -- Grade: B 05/13/2011
Directors
Alfred Hitchcock
Actors
Ray Milland
Cast & Crew
Alfred Hitchcock - Director
Alfred Hitchcock - Producer
Anthony Dawson - Actor
Dimitri Tiomkin - Musical Score
Frederick Knott - Based On Play By
Grace Kelly - Actor
John Williams - Actor
Ray Milland - Actor
Robert Burks - Cinematographer
Robert Cummings - Actor
Rudi Fehr - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1954
Catalog ID 11156
UPC 00085391115625
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 105 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Awards
British Academy Awards (1955) Grace Kelly, Nominee, Best Foreign Actress
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Milland,Ray
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Crazy For Cinema Review ...a fabulous murder mystery...
culturevulture.net ...a rare and accomplished example of the work of Hitchcock the Minimalist.

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