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Dial M for Murder (1954)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Sep 7, 2004

Budget $1,400,000

Running Time
1 hour, 45 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Warner Bros.

Studio Warner Brothers

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Other Titles
• Dial M for Murder (1954)
• Dial 'M' for Murder
• Bei Anruf Mord (1954)

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Genre: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Murder, Betrayal, Blackmail, Psychodrama, Love, Infidelity, Marriage, Police, Detectives

Tagline: Kiss By Kiss...Supreme Suspense Unfurls!

Plot: Alfred Hitchcock had already begun work on REAR WINDOW when he took on the project to direct DIAL M FOR MURDER, based on the successful play by Frederick Knott. For the film, Hitchcock chose to cast his favorite leading lady of the time, Grace Kelly, as the embattled Margot Wendice. Kelly would also star in REAR WINDOW and Hitchcock's subsequent TO CATCH A THIEF. It wasn't Hitchcock's preference to shoot DIAL M FOR MURDER in Warnercolor 3D (the cameras were large and unwieldly), and the film is seldom screened in 3D, but Hitchcock's use of the technique is notable for its service to the story rather than just being a gimmick. In the film Margot Wendice is a wealthy heiress whose playboy husband, Tony (Ray Milland), recognizes his dependence on his wife's fortune. When Tony begins to suspect he is losing Margot's affection to writer Mark Halliday (Robert Cummings), he also begins to fear he will lose her wealth. This leads the callous husband to craft a plan for his wife's death. However, when the plan goes awry, Tony is quick to turn circumstance into a second opportunity to destroy his wife.

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 Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock
Psycho, Rear Window, North by Northwest
 Written by
Frederick Knott
A Perfect Murder, Wait Until Dark, The Honey Pot
Grace Kelly
Rear Window, High Noon, To Catch a Thief
Ray Milland
The Lost Weekend, Love Story, Battlestar Galactica
Robert Cummings
Saboteur, Sons of the Desert, What a Way to Go!
John Williams
To Catch a Thief, Sabrina, Witness for the Prosecution
Anthony Dawson
Dr. No, Pirates, Soleil rouge
Leo Britt
The Court Jester, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Elephant Walk
Patrick Allen
Caligula, The Wild Geese, The Devil Rides Out
 Music By
Dimitri Tiomkin
It's a Wonderful Life, Strangers on a Train, High Noon



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