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Dial M for Murder (1954) Movie Information

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232

Avg. Rating:

3.18/4

# of Ratings:

205

Genres:

Mystery, Thriller

Rating:

PG

Language:

English

Theater Date:

05/29/1954

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Actors:

Ray Milland
Grace Kelly
Robert Cummings
John Williams
Anthony Dawson
Patrick Allen

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

A man develops the perfect plan to kill his wife. When it fails, he is left with his alternate plan...

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Snoogans 11/05/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2.5/4 

Transfered from a stage play, and initially shot in 3D, this is one of Hitchcock's more unique entries into his latter filmography. I find a lack of his usual directing flair present, as is his tight grip on tension. I wan't involved with any of the characters. However, the dilemma created by the failure of the murder is mischievously interesting.

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worleyjamers 06/29/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

Dial M for Murder is not normally coined as one of Hitchcock's best films, but it is certainly one of his most satisfying.

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Chris Kavan 05/10/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

Hitchcock may have "dialed in" his directorial performance - even so, this is just as good and suspenseful as any of his bigger, well-known films. Thanks to the charmingly smooth Ray Milliand, Grace Kelly as his wife and John Williams - it all comes together nicely. It's pretty much confined to one set, but in the end, that's all it needs.

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mitchellyoung 09/07/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

A rare suspenseful thriller in which the audience is allowed to know quite a lot about the villain and yet the tension does not diminish. One of Hitchcock's simplest, but also one of his best.

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03/29/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Another one that blew me away!

Ex-tennis pro Tony Wendice (Ray Milland) has everything a man might want in life: A mantel full of sports’ trophies, a cushy lifestyle, lots of booze, a rich and attractive younger wife Margot (Grace Kelly) and the perfect plan to commit murder. Tony had planned the murder carefully for a long time having discovered Margo has an affair with American author Mark Holliday (Robert Cummings). Fearful that if she leaves him he will be broke he decides to commit the perfect murder. He blackmails small time crook Charles Alexander Swann, (Anthony Dawson) an old college acquaintance to kill her but the plot goes disastrously wrong when Margot miraculously survives the attack by grabbing a pair of scissors as her assassin is strangling her.

Tony's scheme appears to have misfired, but he is qui...

Rating of
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02/01/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Dial M for Murder

An underrated gem of a thriller without the blood and crazy antagonist. Tony Wendice (Milland) is an ex-professional tennis player discovered about American crime-fiction writer named Mark Halliday (Cummings) and his wife’s activities. A colleague of Tony plans a murder with Charles Alexander Swann (Dawson). Margot (Kelly), Tony’s wife, gets strangled but manages to escape. Chief Inspector Hubbard (Williams) investigates the death of a man in the couple’s place.

The directors’ ability to provide humor and build tension at the same time in a scene is unblemished. Score was thrilling and the artists were convincing. The film’s strength is its camera direction and screenplay. A few lines from the film: Tony – “People don't commit murder on credit.” Hubbard – “Mind you, even I did...

Rating of
4/4 

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