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DIAL M. FOR MURDER
This has to be the cheeziest piece of ham acting ever in the history of films. I cant believe Hitchcock directed this. He should have burned it.
"I suppose you're still on duty, inspector?"
- Jeff Boston
Tony never bailed. He detailed. He trailed a man and mailed to a woman. He had the cheaters nailed. His own, worse wickedness was well veiled, but the plan ultimately failed, and his evil self - jailed. Margot finally exhaled in this film that regaled, but paled in comparison to "Rear Window," where Kelly wailed and sailed, but here she ailed and snailed (into her bedroom to go to sleep right after killing a man?!). Very intricate idea here, but the men are way too smart and quick on their feet. Further, Tony is a much too sophisticated ex-athlete living off his wife's wealth, and Mark is not a man (1) who would involve himself with a married woman, and (2) not a man Margot would be willing to commit adultery with while her marriage hit a rough patch. Really good story, but T & M are uber-unconvincing. The movie belongs to Williams' Hubbard, a character he perfected on stage before the film was shot (as if it were still a play, but with some interesting angles). I agree with "a.morris" in that the best scene is the one where Tony ensnares Swann.
To Die For!
- Robin H
End of year 2017, Ben M. introduces & concludes comments on this film, saying that after seeing Dial M... about eight times, he still doesn't understand the "latch-key dilemma." Huh? I'm getting too cynical; am I'm hoping he was just being facetious. How can people review or critique a film without watching every minute of it? Unfortunately, many times (and not just on TCM) those who write the synopsis or a review, miss the main focus or points of the film. I guess I'll just have to laugh it off... (advice: watch movies for yourself, don't choose based on reviews). The plot devised by Miland to have his wife (Grace Kelly) murdered, is complicated & quite calculated, but he nearly gets away with it. Grace Kelly's British accent, later in the film gets a bit to thick and unrealistic but her appearance as a degraded and beaten victim about to die at the hands of the state is very believable. I guess a woman's castle isn't defendable as in the case of men? She must have had a pretty terrible ~barrister~ to defend her on little to no evidence. The ending where the charming detective finally discovers the police's mistakes in the investigation of this murder (i.e., justifiable homicide) is intriguing, much appreciated and gives the viewer relief. The color & cinematography is memorable as is in most of Hitchcock's films. Not normally a Robt. Cummings fan, he is "okay" in his part as Kelly's former lover & champion. The actor, Killer/Kill~Eee is creepy, believable & memorable. Kelly's red lace cocktail dress is "to die for" as she almost did in this entertaining & very intriguing suspense. (p.s., I like the limited/concentrated sets ~~as in "Rope" allowing you to concentrate on the story-line, dialog and acting!)
i like it when milland makes a plan..for the fool.
the moment when the characters that milland and dawson play.. sit down and talk.. resulting in the future action that happens.. that is the best part of the movie. if you miss that part of the story between those two characters.. forget watching the rest.
brilliant murder mystery
It is most evident that this film had been a successful stage production and it is presented to filmgoers as such. Ray Milland, Grace Kelly and Robert Cummings play the lead roles and virtually all of the action takes place in one room of the Miland and Kelly apartment. The dialogue is elegant, crisp, focused and leads us in one direction--to murder most foul. Cummings is a bit of a weak link, perhaps. He is a good actor but is stiff and uncertain when compared to Miland and Kelly. He never seems to be quite up to the standards necessary for one to be a suitor of the elegant Grace Kelly. John Williams as the suave and endlessly confident police inspector and Anthony Dawson as the poor sap blackmailed into Miland's plot to kill Grace Kelly's character are both quite good. One almost has to feel sorry for Swann (Dawson's character). He has walked into a mess and has no way out. This is a great murder mystery. It's clever, fast paced, loaded with twists and turns and is fully entertaining. This is the perfect movie for a snowy winter night. It provides real escape from the craziness of today's world. It is one of Hitchcock's gems.
an elegant murder mystery
Ray Milland provides a twisted elegance to the crime of murder. Perhaps it is his staid English manners or his ability to make a great scotch and soda under the most intense pressure, but his gentlemanly manner when planning how to off his wife is endlessly entertaining. Grace Kelley is always the queen of understated and beautiful elegance. Her voice, her style, her ability to flow across a room while mere mortals have to walk--all of these combine to create a fascinating tale.. of murder most foul. It's pure Hitchcock and right until the end, he has us in rapt attention. Most of the film takes place in one room in the apartment where Milland and Kelly live and it takes a great depth of acting ability to make this work. There is no falling back on special effects or gratuitous violence. It is the the absolute quality of the actors' talent that makes this one of the best murder mysteries ever filmed.
The Least Enjoyable of Grace's Hitchcock Trifecta
Grace Kelly is (again) the beautiful blonde as she was in Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief and Rear Window. She's a little less enjoyable in this outing as an adulterous Londoner caught up in a murder rap. I'm sorry, but it's hard to feel sympathetic for an adulteress who actually ENTERTAINS her adulterous lover in the presence of her husband in their cozy little flat. At any rate, hubby (Ray Milland) makes a deal with a dumb former classmate by blackmailing him into murdering Grace. Why the guys falls for it has got to be one of the dumbest plot devices ever. I mean really? I've got to KILL someone or you'll blackmail me? The little plan is doomed when the killer is overpowered by who else? Grace Kelly. She gets charged with murdering the guy who was attempting to murder her and is going to the gallows. Her lover (Bob Cummings?) has to figure out that her husband is behind it all before she gets hanged. It looks more like a stage play that was filmed than a motion picture because most of the action takes place in one room--the flat. Not Grace's best Hitchcock outing. She played better against a strong leading man--Gary Grant (Thief) Jimmy Stewart (Window)--and neither Milland or Cummings are up to the task here. Not great, but not bad.
Really Good Movie
- Daniel Lewis
Suspenseful and entertaining.
Dial Tone for That Matter
Another damsel in distress/heroine type, G.K., never convinced me that her beauty would not enlist every masculine impulse to rescue her from the perils of a murderous marriage let alone bilious blackmail inspite of her character's fidelity failure! Of interest only was R.M.'s character who thought to turn a botched hit job into a frame up that would result in capital punishment!
Murder On His Mind!
- Raymond Banacki
In 3D, this film is a revelation.
Can't Help But Enjoy---
- J. D. Jitters
I just can't help enjoy this one. Each time it's on, I watch. I have two DVD copies of it. It to me, is the best of Hitchcock.
Hitchcock is Most Often His Own Star !
- Don Riley
High Angle Shots (allow the audience to feel they're glimpsing through a keyhole) during the scene where the crime is planned contrast it with the similar scene in "Vertigo", where there are no high angle shots. Who's idea was it that has the camera so cleverly acting as a "Voyeur" ? Was it Carol Read or Hitchcock ? Read did it very well in "Fallen Idol" in 1948 and Hitchcock's Masterpiece "Rear Window" was 1954. Hitchcock's films are combination of Dry British Storytelling and Clever Hollywood Style.
Dial M For Murder
Overall- 4/5Lead Performers- 4/5Supporting Cast- 4/5Director- 5/5Score- 3/5Titles- 3/5Screenpla- 4/5Cinematography- 4/5Importance- 3/5Recommendation for fans of the genre- 4/5
Dial G for Grace
- Graham Thomas
One of the greats from Hitch, no doubt, and clearly a filmed play, but twisty and clever. Takes a couple of viewings to get it straight. But along with Rear Window, Grace was never more beautiful. One of her failings is the phony British accent, but what a classic beauty.
- Mr. Blandings
Brilliant film that follows the well-laid plans of a smug intellectual (Milland) to murder his wife (Kelly), and then his self-praised attempts to salvage them when things naturally go awry. Cummings and Williams are also excellent in this must-see film of justice being served.
A Must See Movie
I remember seeing this a long time ago, and would love to see it again!
The Grim Reaper is Calling.
- Frank Harris Horn
Frederick Knott brings his suspenseful stage play to the big screen as Alfred Hitchcock assembles an excellent led by Academy Award winners, Ray Milland, Grace Kelly and Robert Cummings in a murder-mystery about a retiring sports enthusist (Milland), who plans to murder his beautiful young wife (Kelly) after learning she was having an illicit affair with a young screenwriter (Cummings), but the plan goes awry, and she is arrested for killing her would-be assailant. Stagey at times, but slick and entertaining. Originally filmed in 3-D. With John Williams, Anthony Dawson, Leo Britt, Patrick Allen, George Leigh, George Alderson & Robin Hughes. Remade in 1981 with Angie Dickinson and Christopher Plummer, and in 1998 under the title of "A Perfect Murder".
This is one of (if not my actual) favorite films directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It was a fresh murder mystery, being especially unique since, as the viewer, you know exactly how the murder happened and have witnessed what did as opposed to what was meant to happen--while you watch the police attempt to uncover what really took place. Grace Kelly is unparalled--she truly shows her metal has an actress here.
Dial M for Murder (1954)
- Jay Higgins
Excellent Alfred Hitchcock suspense thriller, and it is brimming with his classic touches. Great atmosphere and the pace is excellent, well produced. Grace Kelly is terrific as the innocent wife, Ray Milland does a good job as well.
Movies such as these are great because you can watch many times and still be entertained.