DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954) C 105m dir: Alfred Hitchcock
w/Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams, Anthony Dawson, Leo Britt, Patrick Allen, George Leigh, George Alderson, Robin Hughes
When a playboy (Milland) fears he may lose his wife (Kelly) and her wealth to another man (Cummings), he plots her demise. Things really heat up, however, when her murder doesn't come off as planned.
From The Movie Guide: "Lower case Hitch, but diverting and sleek, with the climax early on. ...
Based on the successful play by Frederick Knott, this adaptation was essentially treated as an assignment by Hitchcock, who had already begun to work on REAR WINDOW. Shackled by Jack Warner's insistence on filming the picture in 3D (with its terribly immobile cameras), Hitchcock focused his attention on his new favorite actress, Kelly, with whom he would work again on his next two films, REAR WINDOW and TO CATCH A THIEF.
"Repeating his stage role as the Scotland Yard inspector is John Williams, who excells [sic] among the cast. Although the 3D version has hardly been seen, it does contain one of the best, least gimmicky, uses of the added dimension as Kelly, while being attacked, reaches 'into the audience,' desperately searching for a weapon to defend herself. The opening credit sequence of a finger dialing 'M' on a telephone is, because of the problems of achieving close focus with 3D cameras, actually a giant dial and a large wooden finger which Hitchcock had specially constructed."