Dial M for Murder ()

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A former tennis player tries to arrange his wife's murder after learning of her affair.

  • Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations.
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Tony Wendice
Margot Wendice
Mark Halliday
Chief Inspector Hubbard
Charles Swann
Leo Britt ...
The Storyteller
Detective Pearson
George Leigh ...
Detective Williams
George Alderson ...
First Detective
Police Sergeant O'Brien
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Bender ...
Banquet Member (uncredited)
Robin Sanders Clark ...
Detective (uncredited)
Jack Cunningham ...
Bobby Outside Flat (uncredited)
Robert Dobson ...
Police Photographer (uncredited)
Detective (uncredited)
Woman Departing Ship (uncredited)
Robert Garvin ...
Banquet Member (uncredited)
Banquet Member (uncredited)
Michael Hadlow ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Man in Phone Booth (uncredited)
Men's Club Party Member (uncredited)
Judge at Margot's Trial (uncredited)
Waiter at Stag Dinner (uncredited)
Ship Passenger (uncredited)
Ben Pollock ...
Banquet Member (uncredited)
Detective (uncredited)
Ship Passenger (uncredited)
Dock Hand (uncredited)
Banquet Member (uncredited)

Directed by

Alfred Hitchcock

Written by

Frederick Knott ... (screen play by)
Frederick Knott ... () (as adapted from his play)

Produced by

Alfred Hitchcock ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Dimitri Tiomkin

Cinematography by

Robert Burks ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Rudi Fehr ... film editor

Editorial Department

Janet Wilson ... colorist: digital restoration

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

Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)
Herbert Plews ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

Oliver S. Garretson ... sound
Stanley Martin ... sound (uncredited)
Robert G. Wayne ... sound (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Chiaki Matsubayashi ... visual effects (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

Script and Continuity Department

Rita Michaels ... script supervisor (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Alfred Hitchcock ... photographic model: man on reunion photo (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies

  • Warner Bros. (presents) (A Warner Bros.- First National Picture)



Special Effects


Other Companies

  • RCA (sound system)


Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Dial 'M' for Murder (United States)
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder (United States)
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder (United Kingdom)
  • Le crime était presque parfait (France)
  • Bei Anruf Mord (Germany)
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  • 105 min
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Box Office

Budget $1,400,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $12,562, 11 Apr 1999
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $6,540,000

Did You Know?

Trivia Sir Alfred Hitchcock had chosen a very expensive robe for Grace Kelly to wear when she answered the phone. Kelly balked and said that no woman would put on such a robe just to answer the ringing telephone while she was asleep alone; she would answer it in her nightgown. Hitchcock agreed to do it her way and liked the way the rushes turned out. Hitchcock agreed to allow Kelly to make all costume decisions for her in their subsequent movies together. See more »
Goofs (at around 24 mins) Wendice throws a £100 bundle on a pink armchair. The money falls right at the back of the seat. A few minutes later, Swann takes the money which is now right in front of the armchair. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Le contrôle de l'univers (1999). See more »
Crazy Credits 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 »
Quotes Tony Wendice: How do you go about writing a detective story?
Mark Halliday: Well, you forget detection and concentrate on crime. Crime's the thing. And then you imagine you're going to steal something or murder somebody.
Tony Wendice: Oh, is that how you do it? It's interesting.
Mark Halliday: Yes, I usually put myself in the criminal's shoes and then I keep asking myself, uh, what do I do next?
Margot Mary Wendice: Do you really believe in the perfect murder?
Mark Halliday: Mmm, yes, absolutely. On paper, that is. And I think I could, uh, plan one better than most people; but I doubt if I could carry it out.
Tony Wendice: Oh? Why not?
Mark Halliday: Well, because in stories things usually turn out the way the author wants them to; and in real life they don't... always.
Tony Wendice: Hmm.
Mark Halliday: No, I'm afraid my murders would be something like my bridge: I'd make some stupid mistake and never realize it until I found everybody was looking at me.
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