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Favorite Movies of the 1950’s ~ #8 ~ Dial M for Murder

16 Mar

Tony Wendice (Ray Milland), a callous playboy who has married well, begins to worry when his wealthy wife, Margot (Grace Kelly), begins an affair with an American writer (Robert Cummings). Sensing a threat to his financial security, Tony plots to murder Margot for her inheritance and proceeds to blackmail a former acquaintance into doing the dirty deed.

Dial M for Murder was one of the first Alfred Hitchcock movies I ever saw. And even though I saw it in the early 1970’s I was was mezmerized by the ability Hitchcock had by turning a simple story and film into a psychological masterpiece. Dial M For Murder also marked the beginning of the director’s collaboration with Grace Kelly (They made four films together including Rear Window (1954), To Catch a Thief (1955), and The Man Who Knew Too Much, 1956).

Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow made a weak remake of this film in 1998, entitled A Perfect Murder.

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