Today’s IMDB Top 250 Guest Review comes from Zoe of The Sporadic Chronicles Of A Beginner Blogger. She’s already reviewed The Godfather: Part I (HERE) and Part II (HERE) as well as The Departed (HERE) and The Green Mile (HERE) and Big Fish (HERE) and Snatch (HERE). Thanks once again for all these reviews, Zoe! 🙂 Now let’s see what she has to say about Dial M For Murder, IMDB rank 167 out of 250.
There are still some movies up for grabs if anyone wants to do a guest IMDB Top 250 review. You can find the list of remaining films HERE. See the full list & links to all the reviews that have already been done HERE.
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So Miss Mutant still had a few movies on her “to take” list for her IMDB Top 250 challenge. I know I have taken quite a few, but I had very recently watched Dial M For Murder for the Alfred Hitchcock blogathon that Rob of Movie Rob and I hosted. Lo and behold, Dial M For Murder was still lingering, looking for a taker. I figured because it was so fresh in my mind, I might as well.
SYNOPSIS: An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B. – via IMDB
“People don’t commit murder on credit.” – Tony Wendice
I had never seen Dial M For Murder prior to it being on my Hitchcock films to watch. Getting to it certainly proved it was one of the better ones that I had seen during my run. This presents a solid film from Hitchcock, and it was decent. While maybe not my favourite of his, it had a lot going for it.
I enjoyed the cast. Grace Kelly is an absolute beauty, and I still think Robert Cummings is a real cutie, and I enjoyed him here as a mystery writer Mark Halliday. Although I thought it was wrong for Margot to be cheating on Tony (Ray Milland) with Mark, and there is no way to justify it, the man was neglectful and careless with his relationship with his stunning wife, and ultimately viewed her as nothing more than keeping him in the right circles and serving as her meal ticket. She deserved a man to honour her and treasure her, such as Mark, but it still isn’t right how they went about that. If Tony was such a prat, she should have just left him.
Besides my moral gripe, the movie has many other things going for it. The plot was very simple, and laid out in a straightforward manner. Sometimes bells and whistles do detract from the overall experience of a film, when people try to get too fancy and smart, they leave holes and continuity issues. This one came together nicely, and was paced well. John Williams portrayed Chief Inspector Hubbard fantastically, and he was certainly a character I enjoyed thoroughly.
Dial M For Murder was shot nicely, the performances were solid all round, and the score complemented the film. Cummings and Kelly shared some great chemistry, even though there was not much of it on screen all the time. However, when it was, it was great. Tony’s scheme was really clever – on paper and in his mind – but it was evident that he had not thought of any possible unforeseen circumstances, which provided an interesting concept on how he was going to deal with all the little things that started popping up all over the show. His flawless Plan A suddenly doesn’t look so grand anymore, and his impromptu Plan B seems to be so much better laid out than the original, anyhow. Much… neater, almost. Definitely a decent watch to look into, escpecially if you enjoy Hitchcock!
Thanks again lady 🙂
No – thank YOU! You’re my little IMDB-reviewing machine. 😉 I love this one. Grace Kelly was stunning. One of the better Hitchcock films for me. 🙂
LOL yeah, moving through these lol. Gave me an excuse to go back and look at some favourites. She was! I must say, I wasn’t a fan of most that I watched, but I liked this one 🙂
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Head on over to Miss Mutant’s site to check out my review for Dial M For Murder, as part of her IMDB Top 250 Challenge 🙂
yea, I probably should see this one at some point…
What?! You did a whole blogathon and haven’t seen this one?!
Also never seen the birds, psycho and some of the other famous ones. 😦
Umm…….. WHAT?! Lol. Interesting… Those two must be in my top five Hitchcock films.
Dunno where I will stand on them
They’re two of the most well known ones for a reason. Trust me. 🙂
U coulda had reviews this week of them…. 😀
When you have recovered 😛
I’ve seen the remake of this one, which was underwhelming. Should really check this out!
Nooo. The Paltrow thing?! Well, I don’t remember it being TOO bad, but.. You know… Paltrow. Ugh. 😉
I am not alone! UGH.
She’s certainly no Grace Kelly. 🙂
Oh dear… I didn’t even know there was one, but will certainly be skipping it!
A fine classic, a fine review! Yes, one of Hitch’s “better” films. Nice job 🙂
Agree with you Cindy – nice review & one of Hitchcock’s better films. Love it. 🙂
Thank you ever so kindly Cindy! 🙂
Nice work here today. I too have never seen this thing.
Of course you haven’t. 🙂
I saw Strangers on a Train though!
Woohoo! Lol. This is better, though… 🙂
Yeah I don’t see this really being your kind of thing hahaha!
Great write up as always!
Thank you, thank yoU!
Nice work, Zoe! Wow. Color me surprised to see another Hitchcock review from you after what you went through! Lol.
Thanks lady! Bwahahaha, I can understand what you’re saying. I surprised myself a bit, too, I think!
Great job Zoe. I REALLY love this movie. Grace Kelly is stunning and I’ve always found myself caught up in the tension and overall character study. Love it.
Agree – a great film and Grace Kelly was definitely stunning. I wish female movie stars still looked like that. 🙂
Thanks Keith! I am glad to hear that you enjoy it so much, definitely a good one! Trust me… not all his films were so solid.
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