IMDb > Dial M for Murder (1954)
Dial M for Murder
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Dial M for Murder (1954) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 52 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
Dial M for Murder -- When American writer Mark Halliday visits the very married Margot Wendice in London, he unknowingly sets off a chain of blackmail and murder.
Dial M for Murder -- An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B.


User Rating:
8.2/10   96,848 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 13% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Frederick Knott (screen play)
Frederick Knott (adapted from his play)
View company contact information for Dial M for Murder on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
29 May 1954 (USA) See more »
Kiss By Kiss...Supreme Suspense Unfurls! See more »
An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
(238 articles)
NYC Weekend Watch: David Cronenberg, Classic 3-D, Mathieu Amalric & More
 (From The Film Stage. 29 October 2015, 5:56 PM, PDT)

Daily | Goings On | Brocka, Curtis, Godard
 (From Keyframe. 28 October 2015, 7:31 AM, PDT)

200 Greatest Horror Films (100-91)
 (From SoundOnSight. 25 October 2015, 7:57 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
All it is, is plot See more (252 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ray Milland ... Tony Wendice

Grace Kelly ... Margot Mary Wendice

Robert Cummings ... Mark Halliday

John Williams ... Chief Inspector Hubbard

Anthony Dawson ... Captain Lesgate (Swann)
Leo Britt ... The Storyteller
Patrick Allen ... Detective Pearson
George Leigh ... Detective Williams
George Alderson ... First Detective
Robin Hughes ... Police Sergeant O'Brien
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Bender ... Banquet Member (uncredited)
Sanders Clark ... Detective (uncredited)
Jack Cunningham ... Bobby (uncredited)
Robert Dobson ... Police Photographer (uncredited)

Guy Doleman ... Detective (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Woman Departing Ship (uncredited)
Robert Garvin ... Banquet Member (uncredited)
Michael Hadlow ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Man in Phone Booth (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man at Tony's Table at the Dinner in Photograph (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Men's Club Party Member (uncredited)

Martin Milner ... Policeman Outside Wendice Flat (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Judge at Margot's Trial (uncredited)
Ben Pollock ... Banquet Member (uncredited)
Thayer Roberts ... Detective (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
Writing credits
Frederick Knott (screen play)

Frederick Knott (adapted from his play)

Produced by
Alfred Hitchcock .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
Cinematography by
Robert Burks (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Rudi Fehr (film editor)
Art Direction by
Edward Carrere 
Set Decoration by
George James Hopkins 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
Otis Malcolm .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Gertrude Wheeler .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mel Dellar .... assistant director
C. Carter Gibson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Herbert Plews .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Oliver S. Garretson .... sound
Stanley Martin .... sound (uncredited)
Robert G. Wayne .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eddie Leon Albert .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Wesley Anderson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Pat Clark .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bud Fraker .... still photographer (uncredited)
Vic Johnson .... gaffer (uncredited)
Vic Jones .... gaffer (uncredited)
Dudie Maschmeyer .... grip (uncredited)
William John Ranaldi .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Leonard J. South .... camera technician (uncredited)
Claude Swanner .... best boy (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Moss Mabry .... wardrobe
Jack Delaney .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Lillian House .... wardrobe: ladies (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Dimitri Tiomkin .... conductor
Other crew
Rita Michaels .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures) (A Warner Bros.- First National Picture)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
See more »
105 min | Portugal:88 min
Color (WarnerColor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:16 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Norway:16 | South Korea:12 (DVD rating) (2004) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2008) | UK:PG (video rating) (2003) (2004) | UK:PG (video rating: 100m) (1987) | USA:PG | USA:PG (1982 re-release) | USA:Approved (PCA #16708) | West Germany:16 (nf) (original rating) | West Germany:12 (video re-rating)

Did You Know?

Ranked #9 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Mystery" in June 2008.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Inspector Hubbard is looking out the bedroom window at Margot and the policemen walking toward the apartment, their legs suddenly disappear from view, revealing where the projected scene of the street meets the edge of the physical set.See more »
[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.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Blood Simple. (1984)See more »


Is 'dial M for Murder' based on a book?
What is 'Dial M for Murder' about?
Why did Tony substitute the stockings for the scarf?
See more »
13 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
All it is, is plot, 27 February 2007
Author: marissas75 from United States

Undoubtedly, "Dial M for Murder" has a clever plot: Tony Wendice (Ray Milland) plans "the perfect murder" to do away with his wife Margot (Grace Kelly), who cheated on him with novelist Mark (Robert Cummings). He blackmails an old schoolmate into committing the crime and plants clues to mislead the police. But when things don't go according to plan, Tony has to plant new clues and think of another explanation to give the detectives, so that suspicion doesn't fall on him.

The trouble is, the plot is the only interesting thing about this movie, and the characters are defined solely by how they can affect the plot. For instance, Mark writes mystery novels only because this explains his ability to "read" the crime scene. Most of the movie's dialogue is expository: long scenes where the characters debate the minutiae of evidence found at the scene, without an interesting subtext. The movie is known for taking place almost entirely in the Wendices' living room, and Hitchcock does a good job of varying the camera angles to make you forget there's just one set. But he did this even better in "Rear Window," his other 1954 film.

Admittedly, Milland gives an enjoyable performance as the villain—truly a guy you love to hate, a clever and smiling sociopath. But Kelly and Cummings are surprisingly boring for a pair of adulterous lovers. Kelly also proves herself the ancestor of all those female horror- movie characters who go investigating strange noises in their best lingerie.

"Dial M for Murder" is lightweight without actually being funny—a fatal combination. Though serious concerns (adultery, murder, the death penalty) underlie the story, we're never made to feel that they are really consequential. It's a cold and mechanical movie, which subordinates everything else to the demands of an intricate plot. Contrast this with something like "Rear Window," whose plot is simple and lacking in twists, but whose characters are vividly drawn and act as though their stories really meant something. Having a clever solution to a mystery does not a great movie make.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (252 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Dial M for Murder (1954)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Every movie should end like this.. limecat86
An impossible kill patrick8828
Catastrophic plot hole please explain.spollers. milesgiles1-198-356339
Am I the only one... jmobleyj
Homophobic moment wmpape
Why would Margot have known the key was under the carpet? themgt1
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
So Sweet, So Dead I Confess Strangers on a Train Mildred Pierce The Lady from Shanghai
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb top 250 movies IMDb Crime section
IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.