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Dial M for Murder
ID:
1954
Comments:
Director: Alfred Hitchcock, Laurent Bouzereau
Screenplay: Laurent Bouzereau, Frederick Knott
Producer: Alfred Hitchcock, Laurent Bouzereau
Cast: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Joe Alves, Peter Bogdanovich, Richard Franklin
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 105
Aspect Ratio:  1.33:1 (NTSC )
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Features:
Studio:  Warner Home Video DVD Region:  1 PG
DVD Release:  Sep 2004 Discs:  (DVD) [$19.98]
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Reviews:  A suave tennis player (Ray Milland) plots the perfect murder, the dispatching of his wealthy wife (Grace Kelly), who is having an affair with a writer (Robert Cummings). Amazingly, the wife manages to stave off her attacker, a twist of fate that challenges the hubby's talent for improvisation. Alfred Hitchcock wisely stuck to the stage origins of "Dial M for Murder", ignoring the temptation to "open up" the material from the home of the unhappy couple. The result may not be one of Hitchcock's deepest films, but it's a thoroughly engaging chamber movie. It also features Grace Kelly at her loveliest, the same year she made "Rear Window" with Hitchcock. "Dial M for Murder" was filmed in the briefly trendy 3-D process, and Hitchcock shot some scenes to bring out the depth of the 3-D field; it's especially good for the nail-biting attempted murder of Kelly, and her desperate reach for a pair of scissors that seems to be just outside her grasp. However, the film was rarely shown with the proper 3-D projection, going out "flat" instead (a 1980 reissue restored the process for a limited theatrical release). "Dial M" was remade in 1998 as "A Perfect Murder", a film that changed and expanded the material, with no improvement on the clean, witty original. "--Robert Horton"


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