A retired tennis pro (Ray Milland) plans the “perfect” murder of his adulterous wife (Grace Kelly) in Alfred Hitchcock’s devilish drawing-room thriller.
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“As you can see, the best way to do it is with scissors,” Hitchcock reportedly said about this engrossing drawing-room thriller, his only film in 3D — and we certainly know what he meant by “it.” A retired tennis pro (Ray Milland) discovers that his wealthy wife (Grace Kelly) is having an affair with a crime writer (Robert Cummings), and sets out to execute the perfect murder and pin it on someone else. His elaborate plan seems prepared in every detail, but who gets killed and who gets caught turn out to be different than the resentful husband envisioned, compelling him to resort to an insidious Plan B. Rarely shown in the stereoscopic format, Dial M for Murder employs 3D not for cheap thrills but to implicate the audience in dark deeds, amplifying the claustrophobic sense of evil festering in closed-off spaces. “Stunning … by far the most visually compelling of studio stereoscopic movies” (J. Hoberman, The Village Voice).
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