Dial M for Murder (1954)

Dial M for Murder (1954)

Filmed in 3-D though released after the craze had died down this thriller from Alfred Hitchcock is the first of three consecutive films in which the director used Grace Kelly as his female lead. Ray Milland brilliantly portrays a man jealous of his wealthy wife’s affections for another (Robert Cummings) so he plots to have her murdered. In addition to Milland’s chilling performance John Williams does an excellent job playing the Scotland Yard detective who figures it all out. And there are several memorable scenes including not only the murder attempt itself but the discovery of a key. It was written by Frederick Knott adapted from his stage play. "Hitch" received a Directors Guild of America nomination; Ms. Kelly was voted Best Actress by the New York Film Critics Circle; the film is #48 on AFI’s 100 Most Heart-Pounding Movies list.

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