Dial M for Murder (1954)

Dial M for Murder (1954)
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Synopsis

Quintessential cool blonde (and Hitchcock favorite) Grace Kelly stars as a society woman around whom jealous husband Ray Milland arranges the perfect murder. But thanks to a well-placed pair of scissors, the tables are turned and Milland's carefully-laid plans begin to disintegrate. Hitchcock used a rapid 36-day shooting schedule, and...

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Starring

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

Production Details

  • MPAA Rating:
    (NR)
  • Run Time:
    1 hr. 45 min.
  • Format(s):
    2D

Synopsis

Quintessential cool blonde (and Hitchcock favorite) Grace Kelly stars as a society woman around whom jealous husband Ray Milland arranges the perfect murder. But thanks to a well-placed pair of scissors, the tables are turned and Milland's carefully-laid plans begin to disintegrate. Hitchcock used a rapid 36-day shooting schedule, and was dismissive of 3-D itself ("A nine-day wonder, and I came in on the ninth day"). He refused to open out the hit play by Frederick Knott (author of another masterpiece of unknown terror, Wait Until Dark), confining the action ­ except the determinedly unrealistic trial scene ­ to one set, and setting his cameras in a pit to get low-angle shots designed to emphasize depth and giving the film a theatricality and claustrophobia à la Rope and Rear Window, only on this stage the proscenium doesn't end at the screen, it extends into the audience. 3-D is most effectively used in the murder sequence, which takes on new and greater significance as the viewer is placed in the midst of the struggle: a voyeuristic accomplice to murder as only Hitchcock could have planned.

Production Details

  • Run Time
    1 hr. 45 min.
  • In Theaters
    Friday, April 09, 1999-Re-Release in 3D- NY
  • MPAA Rating
    (NR)
  • Genre
    Suspense/Thriller
  • Producer(s)
    Alfred Hitchcock
  • Director(s)
    Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writer(s)
    Frederick Knott
  • Studio
    Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Format(s)
    2D

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