I think, however, that the old saw about the man who marries for money, earning it, might apply to American princesses as well. Robert Cummings, unfortunately plays Margot's American boyfriend as inventively as a sawhorse. Wendice Ray Milland ' meeting with a special guest Anthony Dawson slowly revealed their conspiracy. But there is no perfect crime, and things do not work as planned. Tony listens with deplorable glee in down the line knowing Swann had access to a latch key to enter the apartment gracefully rather than an open window. For those of you who might have blinked, Hitchcock makes his traditional appearance in the photo on the wall from Tony Wendice's undergraduate days.
A popular leading man with a long career. She decides to give him a second chance for their marriage. Ray Milland and Grace Kelly deliver very good performances and surprisingly enough, Robert Cummings does a rather good job in his role of Mark Halliday, the American crime novel writer who accidentally stumbles on the answer. She decides to give him a second chance for their marriage. Tony quits playing to dedicate to his wife and finds a regular job. I am not very good with clues so it was only after seeing that movie and Dial M for Murder for the second time that I finally understood what happened.
Ray Milland is a credible monster in elegant and civilized clothing. The cast are a treat. While this approach could easily get boring, Hitchcock's use of colors and overall visual imagery simply creates the perfect medium to allow Knott's dialog to shine. Kelly is adequate enough it's her least effective turn for Hitch but Cummings is awfully bland and threatens to lose the film its momentum when things spice up in the last quarter. Ray Milland is an absolute gem, extremely sly and dispassionate, yet a character so full of self-assurance that one almost sides with him.
Having never seen the 3D version who has I wonder? He also has the exquisitely beautiful Grace Kelly to play the part of Margot Wendice. Ray Milland plays Tony Wendice, a former tennis player married to Grace Kelly's Margot, the source of his wealth. Alfred Hitchcock manipulates and enthrals his audience here like the master that he is. Subsequently she was blackmailed, but she had never retrieved the stolen letter. He only exudes a campy, if lightweight vibe that almost works in comedies and when he's in a supporting role - My Geisha and What A Way To Go with Shirley MacLaine are good examples.
Grace Kelly completes her great year she gave an Oscar-winning performance in The Country Girl and also starred in Rear Window by emanating the poised, beautiful being, that is vulnerable, yet oddly unassailable. 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. When he fears he'll lose her riches to American mystery writer Cummings, he plots her unfortunate demise. Advertisers and Affiliate Partnerships do not influence our content. 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. Unbeknownst to Mark the scheming snake Tony knows of his adulterating wife through a letter he stole and kept from Mark to his wife.
Tony arrives home, claims that he needs to work and asks Margot to go with Mark to the theater. However, bad luck and a sudden change of events will test Tony's plan's infallibility as, just as Mark points out, human action can originate flaws even in the most perfectly devised plan. It is nice to see that the movie can keep its watchers engaged without having to change the set, aside from moving around in the Wendice's house. Genre Crime, Thriller Imdb Rating 8. When Mark arrives from America to visit the couple, Margot tells him that she had destroyed all his letters but one that was stolen. The fulcrum of the plot is the latchkey. What follows this is pure entertainment at its best.
Subsequently she was blackmailed, but she had never retrieved the stolen letter. Swapping of trencoats, hidden and swapped latch keys and a hand bag are used to dupe Tony who leaves the apartment empty as Inspector Hubbert and his detective colleagues bring in Margot to be with Mark as the truth unfolds in front of them. When Mark arrives from America to visit the couple, Margot tells him that she had destroyed all his letters but one that was stolen. Tony arrives home, claims that he needs to work and asks Margot to go with Mark to the theater. Please let us know what you think of the film in the comments section, and rate this movie from one to five stars below as well. Based on the popular and successful play by Frederick Knott who adapts for the screenplay here , Dial M For Murder was a film Hitchcock had little time for. Lower case Hitch, but diverting and sleek, with the climax early on.
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. But the night of the event, Tony is unable to go. Ray Milland is icy cold yet debonair, while John Williams as Chief Inspector Hubbard strides in and walks off with the film. It seems that Hitchcock's knows that the dialog is the highlight of the play, as he deliberately focuses on his actors and uses an elegant camera-work to frame the whole movie inside the apartment. Though it has to be said, Kelly's helpless female turn does not help in this regard either. 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.