But there is no perfect crime, and things do not work as planned. The MacGuffin conversation at the beginning, with a perfectly cast Ray Milland blackmailing a perfectly cast Anthony Dawson into murdering a perfectly cast Grace Kelly is brilliantly written by Mr. But the final half hour or so of the film is a walloping exercise in comeuppance, wonderfully constructed if you can keep track of all those keys and unusually tense, even for a Hitchcock outing. Director: Writer: Starring: , , , , , Producer: » Dial M for Murder 3D Blu-ray Review Sorry, wrong number. He blackmails an old acquaintance into carrying out the murder, but the carefully-orchestrated set-up goes awry, and Margot stays alive. Now Hitchcock was certainly comfortable working in confined places, as he proved so admirably in Lifeboat, as well as Rope, another one set piece adapted from a play which is famous for having been shot in long unedited takes. I can't say what impact, if any, the gimmick had.
And the words are music to the ears. Meanwhile Tony calls Captain Lesgate aka Charles Alexander Swann who studied with him at college and blackmails him to murder his wife, so that he can inherit her fortune. Fearing his lifestyle is about to come to an end due to her dalliances with American mystery writer, Mark Halliday Robert Cummins , Tony hatches a plan to have her murdered by an old acquaintance whom he has over a barrel with blackmail. The good news: colors are gorgeously lush, very accurate looking and extremely well saturated. I've frankly never seen anything like this, and it has nothing to do with rear projection or matte work as some are no doubt going to want to believe.
This phenomenon changes the lives of all those around him in ways they never could have imagined. However, the plan backfires and a whole new strategy is needed to save Tony from suspicion. The dialogue remains insistently interesting and clever throughout the picture. Hitchcock certainly found attractive, and, best of all, an easy transition to the screen. This is one of the few play-to-movie transition that I have seen where I have suddenly become eager to see the original stage production.
The bad news: this exhibits some of the most outrageous ringing I've ever experienced. Repeating his stage role as the Scotland Yard inspector is John Williams, who excells among the cast. Kelly's red gown in the opening segment is a vision, and flesh tones are warm throughout the film. Tony himself is the one who had gotten hold of Mark's love letter to his wife, and he in fact had set up the blackmail scheme to see what Margot would do. Hitchcock, as the director, is also due tremendous credit for his trademark of creating tension. When he fears he'll lose her riches to American mystery writer Cummings, he plots her unfortunate demise.
Unfortunately, that simply wasn't the case. When she didn't admit her affair to him, he decided the only proper response was to kill her, and he ensnares Swann in a trap that forces the hapless man to accede and agree to kill her. Dialogue is cleanly presented and the soundtrack, while pretty thin sounding at times, has not egregious damage to report. It happens in both the apartment sequences as well as some of the pretty shoddy looking rear projection sequences. Dial M for Murder picks up considerable steam as it rolls along, though the set up, while necessary, is awfully prolonged and rurgid at times. Choosing to go for a claustrophobic single set shoot, Hitchcock resisted the urge to launch things around for 3D effects, instead he used the process to highlight props and angles of the Wendice home.
Description In London, wealthy Margot Mary Wendice had a brief love affair with the American writer Mark Halliday while her husband and professional tennis player Tony Wendice was on a tennis tour. Screenwriter Knott brilliantly lays out for the audience, not the victim, how the murder will go through, but Mr. As husband and wife Daniel and Lacey Barret witness an escalating series of disturbing events involving their family, their safe and peaceful home quickly unravels. When Mark arrives from America to visit the couple, Margot tells him that she had dest. Milland is a playboy whose wealth has come entirely through his marriage to chic heiress Kelly.
The suspense is tied tighter than the proverbial drum. Margot has not been faithful to Tony, and in fact her former lover Mark Robert Cummings has returned to London and wants to reignite the flame that was snuffed by Margot a year previously. I originally watched this in 3D and thought perhaps this was some kind of strange 3D artifact, but it's just as present in the 2D presentation. His use of colours here is first rate, particularly around his new found favourite actress, Grace Kelly. She decides to give him a second chance for their marriage. It turns out Swann is merely the fly caught in Tony's web of deceit.
She decides to give him a second chance for their marriage. And you can imagine my guilt when I realized I was feeling scared that a plan to murder someone just might not go through. Tony arrives home, claims that he needs to work and asks Margot to go with Mark to the theater. And that is just the setup. I want to try the opposite. For more about Dial M for Murder 3D and the Dial M for Murder 3D Blu-ray release, see published by Jeffrey Kauffman on October 5, 2012 where this Blu-ray release scored 3.
Having never seen the 3D version who has I wonder? Contrast is also very strong and helps to support the great sequence that takes place in the dark when Margot meets her attacker. Lower case Hitch, but diverting and sleek, with the climax early on. But it's interesting to note that Hitchcock used him twice the other outing being Saboteur , much as he utilized at least a few other actors like John Forsythe whose fame came largely from the small screen. Close-ups are quite sharp and offer abundant fine detail. Hitchcock does what he can to achieve some depth, placing props in the foreground and having his actors stand in different planes. Needless to say, to this day, I never keep scissors on top of my desk anymore. There's also a natural layer of grain abundantly evident throughout the film.
Now Wendice must frantically scheme to outwit the police and avoid having his plot detected. I want to close my eyes and just listen to the dialogue because it's so strong. This 3D, it's murder it is. And so Hitch's decision to exploit 3D seems patently strange, at the very least even if it was foisted on him by the studio. Subsequently she was blackmailed, but she had never retrieved the stolen letter. Cummings is the weak link in this film, however, never quite the romantic paradigm that he needs to be. Where to begin on this weirdly schizophrenic release? She decides to give him a second chance for their marriage.