Dial M for Murder
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- 2 New Documentaries: Hitchcock and Dial M and 3D: A Brief History
- Theatrical Trailer
- Languages: English & French
- Subtitles in English, French & Spanish
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 45 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 7, 2004
- Originally Released: 1954
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
- Mono 1.0 - English
- Mono 1.0 - French
- Additional Release Material:
- DIAL H FOR HITCHCOCK
- 3D A BRIEF HISTORY
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Ray Milland, Grace Kelly & Robert Cummings|
|Performer:||Antonio Margheriti & John Williams|
|Directed by||Alfred Hitchcock|
|Edited by||Rudi Fehr|
|Screenwriting by||Frederick Knott|
|Composition by||Dimitri Tiomkin|
|Produced by||Alfred Hitchcock|
|Director of Photography:||Robert Burks|
Rather than let someone else mess with a play that has a formal perfection, Hitchcock did the adaptation himself, his only such credit while in Hollywood. Full Review
Rating: 8/10 -- An exercise made by an enormously talented constructor of thrillers in the most fertile period of his career. Full Review
Antagony & Ecstasy
Rating: 4/5 -- Grace Kelly reaches out into the audience for murder scissors; foreground tea tables all but clonk your knees; a tell-tale door key - how many Hitchcock revelation moments feature those! - is brandished inches from your nose. Full Review
Rating: A+ -- Dial M For Murder (1954) is director Alfred Hitchcock's screen version of English playwright Frederick Knott's script. It was filmed in 3-D with the faddish technology that was available at the time (but already going out of fashion)... Full Review
Dial M is less a filmed play than a highly cinematic investigation of theatricality. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Rating: 3/5 -- The film will mainly be of interest to Hitchcock aficionados and fans of '50s moviemaking - from the décor and costume, to the lovely use of Technicolor. Full Review
Description by OLDIES.com:
Alfred Hitchcock's screen version of Frederick Knott's stage hit Dial M for Murder is a tasty blend of elegance and suspense casting Grace Kelly, Ray Milland and Robert Cummings as the points of a romantic triangle. Kelly won the New York Film Critics and National Board of Review Best Actress Awards for this and two other acclaimed 1954 performances (Hitchcock's Rear Window and her Oscar-honored work in The Country Girl). She loves Cummings; her husband Milland plots her murder. But when he dials a Mayfair exchange to set the plot in motion, his right number gets the wrong answer - and gleaming scissors become a deadly weapon. Dial "M" for the Master of Suspense at his most stylish.
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.
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.
Mystery | Psychodrama | Stage Play | Suspense | Thriller | Betrayal | Murder | Film Noir | Recommended | Theatrical Release | Essential Cinema
- Hitchcock cameo: Hitch can be seen in a class reunion photograph, standing on the left, about 10 minutes into the film.
- DIAL M FOR MURDER was shot in 3-D but not originally released in that format; the 3-D version has subsequently been screened in various art movie houses.
- The film was remade as a 1981 TV movie starring Angie Dickinson and later as a feature film starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Michael Douglas and entitled A PERFECT MURDER.
- Sales Rank: 13,453
- UPC: 085391115625
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