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DIAL M FOR MURDER 2D-3D (1954)


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  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008ERNLTS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,511 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Ray Milland, Grace Kelly. A woman becomes aware that her husband is trying to kill her and must devise a plan to trip him up at his own game.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Jan. 11 2015
Format: DVD
Alfred Hitchcock committed many fictional murders onscreen, but I suspect he knew that few of them would plausibly work in real life.

In fact, "Dial M for Murder" is all about how murders can never be pulled off perfectly -- especially the complex, think-on-your-feet types that are usually seen in murder mysteries. In this adaptation of the stage play, Hitchcock keeps a low-simmering tension throughout the story, even as he juggles several clues and misdirections that end up tangling all the wrong people. It's not a question of whodunnit, but whether the truth will be found.

Wealthy socialite Margot Wendice (Grace Kelly) has been carrying on a secret affair with crime-fiction writer Mark Halliday (Robert Cummings). But when a love letter from Mark (the MacGuffin!) is stolen from her handbag, she reveals to Mark that she's currently being blackmailed by an unknown person. Her husband Tony (Ray Milland), seemingly oblivious to both the blackmail and the love affair, invites Mark to a stag party.

The twist: Tony knows all about the affair, and he is the one who stole the letter. He's also afraid that if Margot leaves him, he'll be left destitute since she has all the money.

So he enlists an old schoolmate named Swann (Anthony Dawson) to murder his wife, and stages the "perfect" crime and alibi. But things go wrong when Margot manages to stab Swann with a pair of scissors, and the carefully-arranged crime becomes a tangled web of clues and secrets that all seem to incriminate Margot. Will the truth be found before she is hung, or will Tony get away with murder?

While "Dial M For Murder" is based on a stage play by Frederick Knott (who also adapted it for the movie), it's one of those stories that just feels very Hitchcockian.
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By DML on Jan. 28 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Dial M for Murder is not one of the all time greats of the Master, but it still has its merits. Based on a play by Friedrich Knott, it features the suave Ray Milland playing Tony Wendice, former tennis star. He's married to Margot (Grace Kelly) who is actually having an affair with Mark (Robert Cummings). Tony hatches a plan to blackmail a former school chum to come to their house and kill Margot when Tony is away. The main part of the plan involves Tony calling Margot to get her to stand by the phone and give the killer his chance. The plan, needless to say, does not go off as planned and some further decisions need to be made.
It's obvious that this was originally a stage play, as the majority of the picture takes place in the Wendice's apartment. It also was released in 3-D when it came out in 1954, something that really didn't help its popularity. The play was perfect for Hitchcock, who showed over and over his ability to do masterful work even when contained in one space for a long period of time (see Lifeboat, and Rear Window, which came out the same year as Dial M). The performances are superb. Milland as the overconfident Brit, Cummings as the uptight American, and Kelly as the clueless beauty who just can't believe her husband could be so cruel. I also loved John Williams as the inspector from Scotland Yard. He also thinks highly of himself and it's great watching him go up against Milland. Watch also for Hitch's cameo in a picture and the neat close ups of the scissors and the telephone number dial. Hitchcock always had the camera telling the story and this film is no exception. Excellent all the way around.
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By T. Lobascio on Nov. 10 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 Dial M For Murder, ended up as an "also ran" to the more popular Rear Window, released that same year. Another problem was that it was decided to add some 3-D elements to it, as a way to entice folks into the theater. 3-D was all the rage back then, but in the end, this only proved to be a distraction, rather than an enhancement. I think Dial M is a better film than most people think it is, especially when looked at outside of the Rear Window and 3-D factors.
Tony Windice (Ray Milland) hatches a plan to have his lovely wife Margot (The ever lovely Grace Kelly) murdered. It seems that she has been having an affair with a writer friend of theirs, named Mark (Robert Cummings) Tony's plan involves a casual school mate of his (Anthony Dawson) carrying out the deadly deed, while Tony has a solid alibi. When the plan is complicated by an unepected turn, Chief Inspector Hubbard (John Williams) is sure there's more going on here then meets the eye.
Based on Frederick Knott's play, Hitchcock keeps that "stage" mood going by not stretching too far beyond the main set. At first, this may seem very limiting but I think it only hieghtens the tension. Hitchcock is quite good at staging scenes in a confined space, as the aforementioned Rear Window and a few of his other films like Rope and The Trouble With Harry, demonstrate. Milland is devishly suave as Tony. Kelly is great as always, but really shines as a woman conflicted. The film has a problem with its pace at times, getting booged down with a dialogue heavy scene, now and then, but it's not as bad as some have suggested. People often compare the film to its updated and greatly expanded remake, A Perfect Murder, that's like comparing apples and oranges. It's not neccessary in my opinion.
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