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


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  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008ERNLTS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,915 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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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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Ray Milland pulls off another flawless performance as the jealous husband determined to have his cheating young wife Grace Kelly murdered. The aging former tennis star who lives mainly off his wife's wealth. When he learns of her infidelity with an American acquintance, Milland's adoration for the beautiful Kelly becomes nothing more than a strained pretence, all-the-while planning how he can get rid of her, then live happily ever after off her money.
A man Milland barely rememebered from college has a few dark secrets, which Milland uses to blackmail him into the meticulously planned "perfect crime" of murdering Kelly. A clever (although typical) "Hitchcock-Twist" makes for a thrilling change to an unexpected "Plan B".
Not as well known as similar Hitchcock films, this one is no less of a gem. Although the story and handling, particularly the dull-British "Scotland Yard" dialog are definitely from another era, the unfolding plot is sheer Hollywood candy. The final scene is priceless. A sure hit for those who love "whodunits" as well as for fans of the Master. A 5-star-classic!*****
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This is a fine example of the kind of mystery that little old ladies from Pasadena (or Russell Square) adore. Perhaps Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) starring Cary Grant might be comparable in its genteel and bloodless ability to glue us to the screen.
This is certainly one of Hitchcock's best, but most of the credit must go to a devilishly clever play written by Frederick Knott from which he adapted the screenplay. (He also wrote the play upon which Wait Until Dark (1967) starring Audrey Hepburn was based.) Hitchcock does a good job in not tinkering unnecessarily with the material. He also has the exquisitely beautiful Grace Kelly to play the part of Margot Wendice.
Ray Milland plays, with a kind of high-toned Brit panache, her diabolical husband, Tony Wendice, a one-time tennis star who married mostly for security. John Williams is the prim and proper Chief Inspector Hubbard. He lends to the part a bit of Sherlock Holmesian flair. One especially liked his taking a moment to comb his mustache after the case is solved. Robert Cummings, unfortunately plays Margot's American boyfriend as inventively as a sawhorse. For those of you who might have blinked, Hitchcock makes his traditional appearance in the photo on the wall from Tony Wendice's undergraduate days.
The fulcrum of the plot is the latchkey. It is the clue that (literally) unlocks the mystery. There is a modernized redoing of this movie called A Perfect Murder (1998) starring Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow in which a similar business with latchkeys is employed. I am not very good with clues so it was only after seeing that movie and Dial M for Murder for the second time that I finally understood what happened. Follow the latchkey!
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