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      Dial M for Murder

      PG Released May 29, 1954 1h 45m Crime Drama Mystery & Thriller List
      90% Tomatometer 50 Reviews 92% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings Ex-tennis pro Tony Wendice (Ray Milland) wants to have his wealthy wife, Margot (Grace Kelly), murdered so he can get his hands on her inheritance. When he discovers her affair with Mark Halliday (Robert Cummings), he comes up with the perfect plan to kill her. He blackmails an old acquaintance into carrying out the murder, but the carefully-orchestrated set-up goes awry, and Margot stays alive. Now Wendice must frantically scheme to outwit the police and avoid having his plot detected. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Dial M for Murder may be slightly off-peak Hitchcock, but by any other standard, it's a sophisticated, chillingly sinister thriller -- and one that boasts an unforgettable performance from Grace Kelly to boot.

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      Derwent May Sight & Sound Ray Milland is sufficiently suave as the misbegotten genius, and Hitchcock has moved about very sure-footedlv on what continues to be for the most part just a stage. Apr 16, 2020 Full Review Charlotte O'Sullivan London Evening Standard Ray Milland is great as cold fish Tony Wendice, a former tennis pro who plans to bump off his adulterous wife. Still, Grace Kelly is mis-cast (or misdirected) as the spouse in question. Rated: 3/5 Jul 26, 2013 Full Review Peter Bradshaw Guardian The set-up is ingenious and the "kill" scene genuinely thrilling. Rated: 4/5 Jul 25, 2013 Full Review Danielle Solzman Solzy at the Movies Dial M for Murder is never short of suspense and the master of suspense's first of three films with Grace Kelly is among the top tier of Hitchcock's filmography. Rated: 4/5 Jan 3, 2023 Full Review Keith Garlington Keith & the Movies The story never trips over itself and Hitchcock let’s Knott’s script do most of the heavy lifting. Rated: 4.5/5 Aug 20, 2022 Full Review Alan Jones Starburst It is probably the only 3D film that truly realizes the potential of what such a misused medium can offer a talented director. Aug 1, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Kevin Absolutely one of Hitchcocks best movies, seen it 25 times and it never gets old. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/08/24 Full Review babarizam D Its alright. A good thriller is when audience cant guess what next but in this movie everything was as clear as day light so I prefer Vertigo and stranger on the train over this one. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 06/17/24 Full Review david I’d rather dial J for Janitor Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 05/08/24 Full Review Merick H A great story with thrilling moments and a great revelation when it all comes together in the end. One of Hitchcock's best! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/08/24 Full Review Kesava Dharshan Exquisite detail in every point of solving the crime. Blown away by the way this story moves, packed with amazing performance. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/04/24 Full Review A R A fun sort of who-dunnit with the awesome twist that the first scene tells us who, when, where, and why, and we spend the rest of the film watching it go awry. I like that the boyfriend is set up as the one who will figure it all out, but still the cheeky detective is a bit ahead of him. It's fun in a classic Clue sort of way, with a couple novel touches to keep it interesting. Gene Kelley is a vision, but her casting isn't ideal - with a less than passable British accent. Overall, worth a casual watch, but not necessarily a rewatch. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Ex-tennis pro Tony Wendice (Ray Milland) wants to have his wealthy wife, Margot (Grace Kelly), murdered so he can get his hands on her inheritance. When he discovers her affair with Mark Halliday (Robert Cummings), he comes up with the perfect plan to kill her. He blackmails an old acquaintance into carrying out the murder, but the carefully-orchestrated set-up goes awry, and Margot stays alive. Now Wendice must frantically scheme to outwit the police and avoid having his plot detected.
      Director
      Alfred Hitchcock
      Producer
      Alfred Hitchcock
      Screenwriter
      Frederick Knott
      Distributor
      Warner Bros. Pictures
      Production Co
      Warner Brothers
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Crime, Drama, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 29, 1954, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 15, 2008
      Runtime
      1h 45m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
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