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Dial M For Murder (1954)

If a woman answers...hang on for dear life!

Original Title : Dial M for Murder
Director : Alfred Hitchcock
Writer : Frederick Knott
Frederick Knott
Genre : Thriller
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Alfred Hitchcock
Music : Dimitri Tiomkin
Photography : Robert Burks
Distributor : Sociedade Importadora de Filmes (SIF) [pt]
IMDB ID : 0046912
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poster for "Dial M For Murder" by Alfred Hitchcock (1954)
Dial M For Murder (1954) - Alfred Hitchcock
 

Starring

Ray Milland Tony Wendice
Grace Kelly Margot Mary Wendice
Grace Kelly Margot Mary Wendice
 

Plot

Ex-tennis pro Tony Wendice decides to murder his wife for her money and because she had an affair the year before. He blackmails an old college associate to strangle her, but when things go wrong he sees a way to turn events to his advantage.
 

Comments

Original Hitchcock film that inspired 1998 "A Perfect Murder" with Michael Douglas. This one is better! This 1954 film, "Dial M for Murder" with Ray Milland and Grace Kelly inspired the 1998 remake, "A Perfect Murder." The general storyline is the same - controlling husband finds out about younger wife's affair and plots a murder to get rid of her and gain her wealth. Alfred Hitchcock directed this one and it is better-done, IMO, than the remake. More believable, better acting. So, here are some of the significant differences-- This is set in London, the other in NewYork. Here he is a retired tennis player, the other he is a financial gambler. Here he goes out with the lover of his wife, and hires a petty crook to do the murder, instead of blackmailing the lover who then hires a crooked friend. Just to name a few. The "inspector" is interesting, as a side note. Apparently he was the model for the "Columbo" character played so succesfully by Peter Faulk. His methods and mannerisms are the same. Good movie. See it if you haven't yet.
 
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