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Dial M for Murder (1954)

 -  Crime | Thriller  -  29 May 1954 (USA)
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An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B.

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In London, wealthy Margot Mary Wendice had a brief love affair with the American writer Mark Halliday while her husband and professional tennis player Tony Wendice was on a tennis tour. Tony quits playing to dedicate to his wife and finds a regular job. She decides to give him a second chance for their marriage. When Mark arrives from America to visit the couple, Margot tells him that she had destroyed all his letters but one that was stolen. Subsequently she was blackmailed, but she had never retrieved the stolen letter. Tony arrives home, claims that he needs to work and asks Margot to go with Mark to the theater. Meanwhile Tony calls Captain Lesgate (aka Charles Alexander Swann who studied with him at college) and blackmails him to murder his wife, so that he can inherit her fortune. But there is no perfect crime, and things do not work as planned. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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murder | blackmail | writer | evidence | letter | See more »

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29 May 1954 (USA)  »

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$1,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,562 (USA) (9 April 1999)

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$12,562 (USA) (9 April 1999)
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Originally released in a "roadshow" format, with an intermission halfway through the film. See more »

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As Wendice walks out the front door after trying unsuccessfully to get into his flat, Hubbard describes to Margot and Mark what he's doing. Wendice at first gives up on why his key doesn't work and is shown turning away from the entrance and starting to walk off. The camera then cuts to Hubbard, who says, "It's no good, he's going away down the street." But then Hubbard says "Oh, just a minute", and as the camera cuts back to Wendice he's barely moved. Given the time that has elapsed while Hubbard was speaking, Wendice should be several feet away by then. See more »

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[first lines]
Margot Mary Wendice: let me get you another drink. Mark, before Tony comes I ought to explain something.
Mark Halliday: Yes, I've been waiting for that.
Margot Mary Wendice: I haven't told him anything about us.
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The title is shown on a background of a British telephone dial; its MN/6 marking is replaced by a single large M which forms the single M of the title. See more »

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Excellent Hitchcock thriller
17 January 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Surprisingly this is a lesser-known Hitchcock film but still stands up today as an exciting thriller full of twists and turns.

Ray Milland is excellent as ex-tennis pro Tony Wendice who decides to commit the perfect murder of his wife (Grace Kelly) when he learns of her affair with Robert Cummings (who isn't given much to do). In fact, Milland's subtle performance has you wanting the murder plot to work! Though it has to be said, Kelly's helpless female turn does not help in this regard either.

Hitchcock's skill here is to totally involve the viewer in the labyrinthine plot involving keys, telephone calls and stockings so that at the end of the film you haven't even noticed that virtually all the scenes are in one room.

If you like clever, wordy films with a touch of humour then I recommend `Dial M For Murder'. 8/10


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