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Alfred Hitchcock


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





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

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Gabe 02/01/2017 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A good mid-tier Hitchcock film. Ray Milland is the star of this film as a husband who tries to come up with the perfect crime to kill his wife. Watching him, not just his actions, but his facial expressions, you can see how hard he is trying to make this crime go right. Hitchcock does a great job of giving us all of the clues and letting us trying to figure out how Milland was going to get caught.

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

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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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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)

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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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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...

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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...

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