We first heard about this Alfred Hitchcock movie in our childhood from a parent who had the habit of watching English movies.
But we never got a chance of seeing this movie because that was an age when VCRs and DVDs were still well into the future.
And to expect a theater in Tamil Nadu to screen a 1954 English movie was pretty unrealistic.
As time went by, we completely forgot about this movie.
After coming to the U.S. too, we never once thought of seeing this legendary movie until some SI readers suggested it recently.
Fortunately, Netflix has this movie in its Instant Collection (which means you can watch it directly on your TV via a Roku, Xbox or TiVo device through a broadband connection).
It’s one of the many mysteries of life as to why desis don’t sign up to the $9/month Netflix plan that gives them access to a cornucopia of 100,000 DVD titles and another 12,000 titles in its Instant Play section.
Hailed as one of the all-time great thrillers, Dial M for Murder features the ethereally beautiful Grace Kelly, Ray Milland and Robert Cummings.
We’ll update this post later tonight after watching the movie.
Is there such a thing as a perfect murder?
Or does it exist only on paper?
If you’re seeking answers to the above questions, expect no help from us – All we’re going to tell you is to watch Dial M for Murder.
A lovely suspense thriller in color, Dial M for Murder is our second Hitchcock film (the first was To Catch a Thief with Grace Kelly and Cary Grant).
The tight narrative, the solid acting, the suspense as we near the end and Hitchcock’s masterful direction all come togetherÂ in a brilliant ensemble to ensure that Dial M for Murder’s reputation as a Hollywood classic will endure for a long time to come.
No, we did not read the Wiki plot on the movie before watching it. And if you have any sense at all, you won’t either.
Much of the movie is filmed inside the principal protagonists’ house in London. Come to think of it, there are very, very few shots outside the main room of the house.
If you ask us, the movie is really owned by Oscar winner and actor extraordinaire Ray Milland and director par excellence Alfred Hitchcock.
The screenplay was by Frederick Knott and adapted from his play.
Would we rate Dial M for Murder higher than some of our other old favorites like Casablanca, On the Waterfront, High Noon, For Whom the Bell Tolls or Once Upon a Time in the West.
No. But that’s just a matter of our preference.
If we have any regrets at all about the movie, it’s that beautiful Grace Kelly really doesn’t have that big a role here. But she’s so charming in the time allotted to her.
Some nice lines from the movie:
Police Inspector: They talk about flat-footed policemen. May the saints protect us from the gifted amateur.
Margot: Shouldn’t I break down or something?
Mark: It’s delayed action….In a couple of days, you’re going to have the most wonderful breakdown.