Dial M for Murder"

Dial M for Murder"

DVD - 2004
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A man devises a plan to murder his wife for her money.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2004]
ISBN: 9780790765396
079076539X
Branch Call Number: DVD Dial 7-DAY 1954
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (105 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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akirakato
May 09, 2019

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1954 based on the play by Frederick Knott, this American crime mystery depicts a well-planed-but-unexpectedly-goes-wrong murder.
The best of the story turns out to be John Williams as Chief Inspector Hubbard, who solves the sinister ruse, which Ray Milland as Tony Wendice has been thinking out for quite some time to come up with a perfect crime.
As you easily guess, no crime is perfect since no man is percect.
Gripping entertainment as well as mind-boggling and heart-tingling thriller!

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richibi
Apr 28, 2019

though the plot is way too clever for words, which is to say too contrived to be convincing, the production values are exceptional, sets, costumes, stunning cinematography, and, of course, consummate acting, with Grace Kelly a golden highlight, make this movie an indisputable classic

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SusyHendrix
Sep 05, 2018

Being a big fan of the film Wait Until Dark-- based on a scary theatrical suspense-thriller also written by Frederick Knott-- I was eager to see Knott's earlier smash hit, Dial M for Murder, brought to the screen by none other than Alfred Hitchcock himself. The presence of Grace Kelly only added to the appeal. While the film is well-directed, using wonderful camera angles and blocking to make the audience forget this is essentially a one-set stage play, and well-acted, especially by Ray Milland as the sneering bad guy, the story is a hollow affair, only notable for its cleverness in how the murder plot plays out and goes awry.

Unlike Wait Until Dark, I was never able to really connect with the heroine on an emotional or psychological level; Margot is just so passive and not very fleshed out. Because I didn't care about her as a character, the suspense fell flat-- the tension comes from liking and caring about a character. In fact, the story seems to lack a protagonist, unless you count the villain, who we get to know better than anyone else in the whole movie.

And while the first half is a lot of fun, the latter half isn't so much-- though I will admit the ending line is quite hilarious in the classic dark humor Hitchcock loved to use so well.

Not a bad movie, but as far as Hitchcock goes, this is one of his lesser works, at least for me.

ArapahoeJillA Apr 20, 2018

Based on a stage play written by Frederick Knott, (he also wrote the screenplay for the film), this Hitchcock movie is one I watch whenever I am in the mood for a good crime mystery. It takes place in mostly one room, which is always fascinating, and features a great cast. Hitch does a wonderful job of bringing you along for the ride in this classic.

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JuanAntonioSamaraj
Apr 19, 2018

One of the great Hitchcock films that prettymuch only happens in one room. Great dialogue and interesting direction that would've made it a good view in 3D.

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ManMachine
Aug 03, 2016

Hey, folks! - You know, I'm really trying to be fair and tolerant here about my rating and comments regarding this 1954 Alfred Hitchcock production - But, from my perspective - All that Dial M's story amounted to was just a stagy, little tale about a handy pair of scissors, latchkey lunacy and "Plan B" let-down.

Well - OK - There was actually a bit more to Dial M's story than just that - But, with that said, I couldn't believe how utterly pedestrian and annoyingly anti-climatic most of this film turned out to be.

With all of the talk-talk-talk (ho-hum!) that prevailed throughout Dial M's story, I was tempted (a number of times) to use the "silence" button on my remote in order to shut these gabby characters up once in a while. (I'm not kidding)

Anyway - If you happen to be Hitchcock fan and love Dial M to pieces - Well - I certainly don't hold that against you. But, as for me - I would never, ever recommend this truly disappointing film to anyone. Never.

I have seen this film many times, but this time I also watched the "special feature" documentary explaining some neat details of the film. I never knew that it was filmed in 3-D, since that was all the rage at the time. And I never noticed Grace Kelly's white outfit with her husband switch to a red outfit with her lover. Hitchcock was truly a master!

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fdb045
Oct 05, 2015

Very, very enjoyable movie despite being created 61 yrs ago.

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Derringer
Aug 12, 2015

Well, "The Master of Suspense" (yes, that's director, Alfred Hitchcock, everyone) has done it again. "Dial M For Murder" is yet another one of "The Master's" misfired, mediocre tales of "murder-most-foul" that honestly doesn't even come close to living up to all of its hype.

Over the past few months I have watched a number of Hitchcock's most-applauded films of the 1950s (such as Vertigo and Spellbound) - And, yes, even when I take into account that they are now all 60+ years old, I still find that these films are really being grossly over-rated by (what appears to be) oddly sentimental reviewers who seem to be viewing Hitchcock's films through the hazy gauze of rose-colored glasses.

And, "Dial M for Murder" was a perfect example of what I'm talking about here. This very stagy, Technicolor production took the whole idea of a meticulously thought-out murder plot to preposterously implausible extremes. And this, in turn, left this viewer rolling his eyes to the ceiling (in pure exasperation) more than you can ever imagine.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jan 29, 2015

A dated film by now, and limited by the plot which was originally meant for a play. For me it is one of the 'weaker' films from Hitchcock.

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phyllis49
Mar 21, 2012

A man devises a plan to murder his wife, not only because he wants her money, but because she is in love with another man.

Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for murder .

Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams, Anthony Dawson.

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Monolith
Jun 02, 2013

Margot Mary Wendice: "...What's the matter with me, Mark? I don't seem able to feel anything... Shouldn't I break down or something?" Mark Halliday: "It's delayed action, that's all. In a couple of days you're going to have the most *wonderful* breakdown."

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