Dial M for Murder (1954) 4.57/5 (2)


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Rating: The Good – 80.3
Genre: Thriller
Duration: 105 mins
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Screenplay: Frederick Knott
Stars: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings

One of the master’s best offerings sees Grace Kelly playing the once unfaithful wife to Machiavellian husband Ray Milland who attempts to have her murdered in a seemingly perfectly planned crime. The build-up is as patient as you’d expect from Hitchcock and subtly chilling as Milland methodically plans the crime with self-satisfied precision. Things get interesting when those plans are thwarted and Milland must contend with two other elements, his wife’s former lover Robert Cummings and John Williams as the clever inspector. Dial M for Murder is a thinker as opposed to a shocker but it’s perhaps more satisfying because of it. Similar to Strangers on a Train, this movie is all about devious minds and tricks of fate.

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