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Siskoid's avatar


Watching Dial M for Murder, I thought we were in trouble early on. The 3D trend was pushed on Hitchcock at the time, which makes parts of this thriller rather ugly, blueish glows around things meant to pop out. But once the obligatory tricks of the opening sequence are done, Hitch dials (ha!) it way down and stop being distracting. In this cinematic page turner, a man plans the perfect murder, then spends a lot of time improvising around his mistakes while a smart and well-meaning copper hounds him. This is a Columbo episode before Columbo was invented. Through and through. A major inspiration to be sure, and mystery fans should see it just on that basis. Thankfully, it's also a well thought-out thriller set in a single room (it has its origins in the theater), a procedural from the killer's point of view. Shame about the technical imperfections, but they're no deal breaker.
6 years 5 months ago
Earring72's avatar


Terrific classic Hitchcock!!!
8 years ago
DisneyStitch's avatar


Love it when Hitchcock's style oozes into every part of a movie. Ray Milland is nearly unrecognizable as the suave English husband with murder in his heart plus Grace Kelly is a welcome addition to any movie really. Notice how well Hitchcock uses the set and camera angle to great effect. Especially noticeable when Milland describes the layout of the murder and Hitch films it all from above as if you were looking down at a crime scene diagram on a piece of paper. Brilliantly filmed and brilliantly directed.
8 years 5 months ago
SabrinaN's avatar


Wonderfully done- a clever film and utterly satisfying.
8 years 6 months ago
deb_'s avatar


One of the very best (right there with Psycho & Vertigo) from Alfred Hitchcock. Superb acting/dialogue, witty plot & great climax.
9 years ago
mrm2541's avatar


Perhaps the best work of Hitchcock I have ever seen. I'm not a Hitchcock fan, but great job!!
9 years 7 months ago
Larkspire's avatar


Fantastic thriller from Hitchcock (as usual). I really recommend seeing this in 3D if you can - Hitchcock's brilliant use of space is definitely enhanced by the format, and makes a great argument for 3D being more than just a gimmick that devolves to throwing things at the audience.
10 years 3 months ago
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Joker of Gotham

Better that Vertigo.
10 years 6 months ago
Peeorpoo's avatar


Very engaging and suspenseful movie with great performances by the lead actors.

11 years ago
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Micaela FM

Apparently you couldn't have your house key copied in the 50s. A very good film nevertheless.
11 years 4 months ago
elizabethyates's avatar


I was very impressed with this film, especially the fact that the entire film besides one scene takes place in the same room. The camera angles were spectacular and the story line was very well thought out and interesting. Another great from Hitchcock!

11 years 6 months ago
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Pallium Invisibilitatem

Once again a brilliant masterpiece from Hitchcock....
11 years 8 months ago
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Miguel Oliveira

Excellent movie from Hitchcok. The suspense is right to the end of the movie and a great score from Tiomkin
11 years 8 months ago
devilsadvocado's avatar


Another great Hitchcock film with a comically awful closing scene/shot.
12 years 2 months ago
Dieguito's avatar


Brilliant movie! The small room is just like in Rope, but this movie has a more elaborate mysterious and tense story. Grace Kelly is remarkable.
12 years 2 months ago

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