Dial M For Murder (1954)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1954.  Screenplay by , based on his play.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Lesser Hitchcock thriller, about a nefarious businessman (Ray Milland) who wants to do away with his depressed wife (Grace Kelly) and collect her sizable inheritance. One night when he is out of town, Kelly is surprised by a burglar who makes straight for her neck, but in an amazing twist of fate she manages to rub him out before he does her in. Milland is no quitter, though; he already has Plan B ready for action when he finds out that his original ploy didn’t work. The film features the famous gleaming scissors shot that is its trademark, but other than that it isn’t the most fascinating of Hitchcock’s films. Remade in 1998 as A Perfect Murder.

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