Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder
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Wendice (Ray Milland), an ex-Tennis pro, schemes to kill his wife,
Margot Mary Wendice (Grace Kelly), by getting a no good cheating
robbing scallywag college friend (C.A. Swan aka Capt. Lesgate (played
by Anthony Dawson)) to sneak in at night to kill her.
it all goes wrong when she fights back. She kills her attacker with
a, wait for it, .... a pair of scissors! Yes, you read that right
folks, straight in the spine - good shot Grace!
is our evil Tennis pro going to extricate himself from swinging
from his neck until he is dead?
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am terribly forgetful and can never remember where I left my keys,
I feel sure my silly old forgetfulness would have doomed dear Grace
to behangment. Silly Billy me! A joy from start to finish!"
please could you not gibber so. When your husband returns, after
the murder, all I could hear was 'mmffghwwaa
wwagfga affghe oorrii mmee'. Now, what was that supposed
to mean posh girl? Didn't they teach you elocution? Early on you
said Bank (baynk) in precisely the correct manner for a poshie,
you even got the neck movement right! I want my money back."
is a piece of police propaganda! The police arrive within 2 minutes
of being told of the murder, and then actually do something before
the woman gets hanged at the end? Has this police force got enough
work to do, or should they immediately announce layoffs to save
us tax payers some money?"
was expecting Mary Poppins to jump down the chimney at any moment!"
by exquisite just in the nick of time police work. Just like today,
except the police have a backlog of about 5 years."
don't get it, if he used the key in her purse then he didn't have
his key? Where was it? And then he remembered the key under the
carpet? It makes no sense to me at all. Pass me my valium and a
glass of stiff brandy, by gorra!"
I had a watch like that once, it'll be the death of you!"
Please tell me the ending
(Ray Milland's character) returns from the stag party on hearing
of his wife's predicament.
is having a secret affair with American, Mark Halliday (Robert Cummings).
But one of their love letters has been stolen by Tony. Tony knows
everything, and is determined to ensure his wife is killed. The
secrecy surrounding their affair puts Margot in a poor light and
she is soon prosecuted for murder as she is clearly a tramp.
is sentenced to be hanged. However, Chief Insp. Hubbard (John Williams)
comes to her aid. Yes folks, the Home Secretary (the only man in
England who can stop the hanging which is due tomorrow!) is standing
by, and there is just enough time for the key problem to be resolved
- if Tony can open the door with a key then we have the man, and
her date with the noose is off!
purse Tony gets from the police has got the wrong key in it (placed
by the detective in shot) Tony attempts to open the door with it,
fails, and is about to go away again when he remembers the key under
the carpet on the stairs which Tony had left for the the attempted
murderer to get into the apartment... Tony enters the room, thus
proving his guilt to soft focus and weepy eyes throughout.
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how this movie grabs one by the lapels and sucks one, head first
with all limbs splayed, into the drama. Regretfully, the version
I saw was not in 3D, but one had my 3D glasses on hand, perchance
to knock ones nose on that ruddy big telephone, or feel flapped
in the face by those newspaper cuttings... Delicious!
the most desperate of toilet calls could possibly have pulled me
away from this spectacle! A triumph of story telling, even if it
does all seem highly unlikely in hindsight.
the poshness is the thing that sticks out. Grace has got her elocution
up to the highest order, apart from that moment of gibbering madness
when she starts talking into Ray's shoulder, something they should
have stopped her doing at finishing school!
apart, a triumph of mystery which repays sticking with it to the
come home quickly."
the letters you sent to me? After I read them I burned them, except
you mustn't tell Tony. Tony's strange."
truly engrossing effort, one that holds your attention until the
very end. From a play by Frederick Knott.
Hitchcock movies spoof reviewed: The Birds,
North By Northwest.