Dial M for Murder

Release Date: May 29th, 1954

DVD Release Date: September 7th, 2004

PG |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Bob Cummings, John Williams, Anthony Dawson, Leo Britt, Patrick Allen, George Leigh

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Genres: Thriller

Production Co: Warner Brothers

Keywords: Mystery , London , Revenge , Suspenseful , Wife , 1950s , Bar ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    John PetrakisChicago Tribune

    It remains the best movie ever photographed in 3-D, although the film, adapted from Frederick Knott's stage play, seems less than ideal for the 3-D process, given its tight interiors and extended dialogue scenes. [19 May 2000]

  • 75
    Rob HumanickSlant Magazine

    What tends to make even lesser Hitchcock films shine is his innate gift for directing performers, and this accounts for many of the pleasures of this ditty. show more

  • 80
    Peter BradshawThe Guardian

    The result is a rather stagey film whose back projections look quaint, with 3D apparently used to foreground items of furniture, such as table-lamps, giving rise to some eccentric camera-angles. But the set-up is ingenious and the "kill" scene genuinely thrilling. [2013 3D Release] show more

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Awards

Nominated Foreign Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1955)