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on 1 June 2013
THIS FILM IN 3D IS THE BEST 3D I HAVE EVER SEEN IT APERERS THAT THE TITLES ARE IN YOUR ROOM AND THE DEPTH OF THE FEATURE IS VERY WELL DONE
I DO BELEAVE THE THIS FILM WAS SHOWN IN THE OLD RED AND BLUE GLASSES THIS COPY IS REALY GOOD .I HAVE LOOKED UP THIS FILM AND IT WAS SHOT IN 3D IN 1953 BUT
WAS NEVER SHOWN IN CINEMAS IN 3D HAS CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON / HOUSE OF WAX /BWANA DEVIL / ALL SHOT IN 3D MOST OF TH NEW FILMS ARE NOT HAS GOOD HAS THE OLD FILMS DAIL M FOR MURDER IS A LOVELY 3D MOVIE .KM
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on 31 May 2015
I first saw this film in 1954 and thoroughly enjoyed it. It proved to be much better than the later remake and I'm now looking forward to seeing it again, when I can find the time.
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"Dial M for Murder," (1954), seems to me to be a rather early film by the celebrated, greatly talented Anglo-American director of mysteries and thrillers, Alfred Hitchcock (Vertigo [DVD],To Catch a Thief [DVD],North By Northwest [1959] [DVD] ). DIAL M clocks in at a brisk 105 minutes, and is considered a classic psychological thriller by most. It's in full-color, set in the London of the 1950s, and was initially filmed in 3D. It was based on a stage play by Frederick Knott, who also wrote the screenplay. It stars Ray Milland (The Lost Weekend [DVD]), as former tennis champ Tony Wendice, who has retired from the court and gotten a job to placate his rich wife, who complained of being lonely, as his competition in tournaments kept him constantly on the road. He now concocts a plan to kill his rich but unfaithful wife Margot Mary Wendice, played by Grace Kelly, (TO CATCH A THIEF). She is involved in a liaison with American writer Mark Halliday, played by Robert Cummings(Moon Over Miami [DVD] [1941] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]). When Tony's schemes come a cropper, he improvises a brilliant second plan, framing his wife for murder, but the entire bloody affair turns out to be far more fraught than he expected. The sly Scotland Yard inspector, Chief Inspector Hubbard, is played by John Williams. Charles Alexander Swann AKA Captain Lesgate, who was at Oxford with Wendice, and gets involved in the latter man's scheme to his own cost, is played by Anthony Dawson.

Hitchcock, of course, knows how to create suspense, and the plots he comes up with are satisfyingly complex. Ray Milland inhabits the role of the Machiavellian and cynical Tony Wendice with total believability; Grace Kelly is beautiful in the role of a 1950s wife; and John Williams is consistently entertaining in the role of the efficient, fussy Chief Inspector Hubbard. But I did have some major problems with the film. We're told that the Wendices live on the money of Margot, the wife: but they live in rather a dinky little flat in London, which would hardly have done for the wealthy at that time and place; and the film gives no hint that they have servants, which also would hardly have done for the wealthy at that time and place.

Furthermore, the characterization of Margot strikes me as all wrong, though I don't know who to blame for this -screenwriter Knott or director Hitchcock. She is portrayed as a timid, subservient woman, almost afraid to leave the house on her own, who darns her own stockings. Not like any rich woman I have ever known or heard of, and not at all like the Grace Kelly we came to know in her later films - and life. Then I have problems with the casting of Bob Cummings as Mark Halliday, the man with whom Margot has supposedly had an affair. Cummings had a nice, relaxed, guy next door vibe, but I strongly doubt that he was ever so attractive to any woman as to cause her to risk her marriage to a glamorous figure such as Milland plays. In fact, in 1998, Andrew Davis remade this movie as A Perfect Murder [DVD] [1998], with Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow and Viggo Mortensen. Paltrow does not portray the wife as a mousy creature this time. And most women would jump at the chance of a relationship with Mortensen. Look at how high Diane Lane, who was supposedly married to Liev Schreiber, who certainly isn't chopped liver, jumped for Mortensen in Walk on the Moon [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]. Altogether, I wasn't crazy about Davis's remake when first I saw it, but, upon reflection, it held together somewhat better than this original Hitchcock version. Frankly, much as I admire Hitchcock's great later thrillers, on re-watching this one, it irritated me. A lot.
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on 3 July 2011
Just an absolute classic film. I love how slimy and manipulating Ray Milland is! Even though you know what is happening, its great to watch the characters working it out.
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on 15 February 2014
I love this movie, one of the old greats, a must have but in 3D super, great, put a whole new meaning to watching the film.
Love it, well done. thanks. Kev.
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on 22 February 2013
Brilliant movie ..a Hitchcock classic.
Great actors and a masterpiece in entertainment. The 3D is outstanding ( No pun intended )
Highly recommended.
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on 24 March 2014
See this at the theatre, so was intrigued to see if the film was just as good........and it is, even though it's an oldie, it's a brilliant film!
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on 29 March 2013
One of the many great Hitchcock films, seeing it in 3D is an experience.. provided you remember that 1950's 3D and 2013 3D are very different.
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on 4 March 2016
Really enjoyed this film, however, really love all the films by Alfred Hitchcock. Good family film, no sex, swearing, and a great story line.
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Middle tier Hitchcock but still one of the finest mystery thrillers around. Ray Milland plays Tony Wendice, a former tennis player married to Grace Kelly's Margot, the source of his wealth. Fearing his lifestyle is about to come to an end due to her dalliances with American mystery writer, Mark Halliday {Robert Cummins}, Tony hatches a plan to have her murdered by an old acquaintance whom he has over a barrel with blackmail. However the plan backfires and a whole new strategy is needed to save Tony from suspicion.

Based on the popular and successful play by Frederick Knott {who adapts for the screenplay here}, Dial M For Murder was a film Hitchcock had little time for. In fact having already started work on Rear Window, Hitch treated Dial M For Murder as a jobbing assignment. His mood was further darkened by Jack Warner's insistence that the film be shot in 3D, with all the camera restraints that such a production brings. Perhaps unsurprisingly tho, the restraints and general mood of the director brought about very interesting results. Choosing to go for a claustrophobic single set shoot, Hitchcock resisted the urge to launch things around for 3D effects, instead he used the process to highlight props and angles of the Wendice home. While his use of colours here is first rate, particularly around his new found favourite actress, Grace Kelly.

Having never seen the 3D version {who has I wonder?} I can't say what impact, if any, the gimmick had. But regardless of Hitch's grumblings and general disdain towards the film, he rose to the challenge by challenging himself and actually produced a fine and technically sound picture. Ray Milland is icy cold yet debonair, while John Williams as Chief Inspector Hubbard strides in and walks off with the film. Kelly is adequate enough {it's her least effective turn for Hitch} but Cummings is awfully bland and threatens to lose the film its momentum as things spice up in the last quarter. Hugely entertaining story tho, and of much interest to Hitchcock purists, Dial M For Murder holds up well today as a disquieting mystery thriller. 8/10
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