On TV

Airs Fri. Mar. 29, 8:00 PM on TCM (276)


On Disc

Amazon

Buy from $11.19

Dial M for Murder (1954)

PG   |    |  Crime, Thriller


Dial M for Murder (1954) Poster

A tennis player frames his unfaithful wife for first-degree murder after she inadvertently hinders his plan to kill her.

TIP
Add this title to your Watchlist
Save movies and shows to keep track of what you want to watch.

8.2/10
138,739

Videos


Photos

  • "Dial M For Murder," Ray Millano and Grace Kelly. 1954 Warner Bros.
  • "Dial M For Murder," Robert Cummings and Grace Kelly. 1954 Warner Bros
  • Dial M for Murder (1954)
  • "Dial M For Murder," Alfred Hitchcock directing. 1954 Warner Bros
  • Dial M for Murder (1954)
  • Dial M for Murder (1954)

See all photos

More of What You Love

Find what you're looking for even quicker with the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


21 January 2013 | Spondonman
8
| Excellent
What gets me about this film every time I see it is just how simple it is. The witty urbanity of the dialogue goes without saying (hem), the acting is stagily impeccable, and the direction by Hitchcock is limited by the small sets but masterful for all that.

Cold Ray Milland plans and sets up the murder of his demure but faithless wife Grace Kelly by a virtual stranger who is urged on by the stick of exposure of his misdeeds and the carrot of GBP1,000 in used notes. Of course all of his convoluted plans go horribly or thankfully wrong, depending on your point of view, leading to an even more convoluted revised plan. When first seen when young I wasted my time because I wasn't paying attention at the critical moment so missed the point and didn't get it: the key is how did the baddie get into the apartment? It's incredibly verbose, being from a stage play after all and at times it seems nothing more than a radio show with pictures. The long scene setting and verbal sparring by Milland and Anthony Dawson is superb to hear - it's fascinating for its relentless poetry, and of displaying a now-dead world. I could never understand the attraction of 3D movies, least of all with this particular attempt, or why Kelly was continually uglified by the Hollywood machine when she never looked lovelier than in here when she was playing stressed out throughout.

I wonder if Hitch remembered the jokey murder scene he did in 1930 in Elstree Calling when Jameson Thomas realised he was murdering in the wrong apartment? Turn that key you have and go in, it's a remarkably literate film and as intricate inside as any lock.

Metacritic Reviews


Critic Reviews



The Best Non-'Avengers' Trailers of the Week

Everyone's talking about Endgame, but our favorite trailers of the week include Mindy Kaling's latest project, and one of TV's best dynamic duos.

Watch our trailer of trailers

Featured on IMDb

Check out our guide to the SXSW 2019, what to watch on TV, and a look back at the 2018-2019 awards season.

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com