A quietly evil Ray Milland plays a cold fish who plots to kill his wife (Grace Kelly) for her insurance money. As he explains at the beginning of the movie, he also wants to commit the "perfect murder" - i.e. one that is complicated and dangerous, yet foolproof and never suspected. John Williams is the Scotland Yard inspector who may be onto him.
It doesn't matter that the movie starts with a lengthy exposition... or even that the identity of the villain is revealed in the first twenty minutes. Dial M will pull you to the edge of whatever you're sitting on and keep you there. (If you don't pay attention, you won't be able to follow all the twists and turns of the plot.) Hitchcock's direction was never better. In fact, the film is a good model to follow for mystery directors; Hitchcock draws exactly the right amount of attention (but not too much) to the subtle actions and details that are crucial to the murder plot.
Dial M For Murder is not always regarded as one of Hitch's best. Critics seem to prefer the more theatrical, psychological melodramas to the brainy whodunits. But pay no attention - this film is definitely a classic.
The new DVD includes two documentaries, one about the history of 3D filmmaking (in which the film was originally shot but can rarely be seen today).
Dial K for Kelly.
Run time: 105 mins
In Theaters: Saturday 29th May 1954
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Production compaines: Warner Bros. Pictures
Contactmusic.com: 5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Fresh: 37 Rotten: 5
IMDB: 8.2 / 10
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Producer: Alfred Hitchcock
Screenwriter: Frederick Knott
Starring: Ray Milland as Tony Wendice, Grace Kelly as Margot Mary Wendice, Robert Cummings as Mark Halliday, John Williams as Chief Insp. Hubbard, Anthony Dawson as Charles Alexander Swann aka Captain Lesgate, Leo Britt as The Storyteller, Patrick Allen as Detective Pearson, George Leigh as Detective Williams, Bess Flowers as Woman exiting airplane
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