Dial M for Murder

Dial M for Murder

DVD - 2004
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A man devises a plan to murder his wife for her money.
Publisher: [United States] : Warner Home Video, 2004.
ISBN: 9780790765396
079076539X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 105 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Aug 03, 2016

Hey, folks! - You know, I'm really trying to be fair and tolerant here about my rating and comments regarding this 1954 Alfred Hitchcock production - But, from my perspective - All that Dial M's story amounted to was just a stagy, little tale about a handy pair of scissors, latchkey lunacy and "Plan B" let-down.

Well - OK - There was actually a bit more to Dial M's story than just that - But, with that said, I couldn't believe how utterly pedestrian and annoyingly anti-climatic most of this film turned out to be.

With all of the talk-talk-talk (ho-hum!) that prevailed throughout Dial M's story, I was tempted (a number of times) to use the "silence" button on my remote in order to shut these gabby characters up once in a while. (I'm not kidding)

Anyway - If you happen to be Hitchcock fan and love Dial M to pieces - Well - I certainly don't hold that against you. But, as for me - I would never, ever recommend this truly disappointing film to anyone. Never.

I have seen this film many times, but this time I also watched the "special feature" documentary explaining some neat details of the film. I never knew that it was filmed in 3-D, since that was all the rage at the time. And I never noticed Grace Kelly's white outfit with her husband switch to a red outfit with her lover. Hitchcock was truly a master!

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fdb045
Oct 05, 2015

Very, very enjoyable movie despite being created 61 yrs ago.

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Derringer
Aug 12, 2015

Well, "The Master of Suspense" (yes, that's director, Alfred Hitchcock, everyone) has done it again. "Dial M For Murder" is yet another one of "The Master's" misfired, mediocre tales of "murder-most-foul" that honestly doesn't even come close to living up to all of its hype.

Over the past few months I have watched a number of Hitchcock's most-applauded films of the 1950s (such as Vertigo and Spellbound) - And, yes, even when I take into account that they are now all 60+ years old, I still find that these films are really being grossly over-rated by (what appears to be) oddly sentimental reviewers who seem to be viewing Hitchcock's films through the hazy gauze of rose-colored glasses.

And, "Dial M for Murder" was a perfect example of what I'm talking about here. This very stagy, Technicolor production took the whole idea of a meticulously thought-out murder plot to preposterously implausible extremes. And this, in turn, left this viewer rolling his eyes to the ceiling (in pure exasperation) more than you can ever imagine.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jan 29, 2015

A dated film by now, and limited by the plot which was originally meant for a play. For me it is one of the 'weaker' films from Hitchcock.

7duffy Dec 27, 2014

Wow ! What a well made movie. A masterpiece that should be mentioned among Hitchcock's greatest works. I agree with reviewers, Ray Milland's performance is better than his Oscar effort in Lost Weekend. The difference being a smooth, subtle delivery and not over-exaggerated actions. Grace Kelly is excellent as well. The direction, camera angles, story telling is beyond criticism. Hitchcock at his best !

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garycornell
Jun 05, 2014

Ray Milland's best movie and Grace Kelly is marvelous as well. This Alfred Hitchcock at his best. He is the master of crime movies. Without hesitation I call this one of the best movies I have ever seen. "Dial M for Murder" is a masterpiece of suspense. Thanks to KCLS for stocking 7 copies for patrons who will want to watch this remarkable film!

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Libraryman1_0
May 12, 2014

Hands down my favorite Hitchcock murder mystery and I was riveted from the opening frame to the final fade out. Hitch unravels his story as the film progresses, like a puzzle waiting for you to solve it. Ive always admired the acting of Ray Milland, and I found Grace Kelly at her most beautiful in this movie. This is one you'll want to sit and discuss with friends at the conclusion.

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Keogh
Jul 08, 2013

One of the best, from the master of suspense. Grace Kelly is ideally cast as a wife with a roving eye for her returning lover, and yet she gets our sympathy because of the sort of man her husband is. Ray Milland is devious and perfectly cast as her husband, coercing a criminal into killing his wandering wife with what he thinks will be the perfect plan. And John Williams, who's worked with Hitchcock before, appears as the dogged police inspector, putting the pieces together. This movie is a real treat, very smart and suspenseful, with a terrific cast. Hitchcock was a master storyteller, and this thriller stands tall among his life's work.

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Monolith
Jun 02, 2013

A prime Hitchcock flick with a clever climax. Ray Milland was ice-cold; and damn good at being so. Grace Kelly's accent was so good I would've guessed she WAS British, until I looked her up and found out she was born and raised in Philly... Beautiful woman. Great movie. Dial M for Magnificent. FIVE STARS.

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phyllis49
Mar 21, 2012

A man devises a plan to murder his wife, not only because he wants her money, but because she is in love with another man.

Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for murder .

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

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Jun 02, 2013

Margot Mary Wendice: "...What's the matter with me, Mark? I don't seem able to feel anything... Shouldn't I break down or something?" Mark Halliday: "It's delayed action, that's all. In a couple of days you're going to have the most *wonderful* breakdown."

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