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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Dial M For Murder by Alfred Hitchcock, 1954 (PG)

with Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams, Antonio Margheriti, Leo Britt, Patrick Allen, George Leigh

Director Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece of double-cross and intrigue stars Ray Milland as former tennis champ Tony Wendice, who concocts a plan to kill his rich but unfaithful wife (Grace Kelly), who's embroiled in a liaison with a writer (Robert Cummings). When Tony's plans go awry, he improvises a second act of deceit, but the entire bloody affair turns out to be far messier than he expected. John Williams plays a sly Scotland Yard inspector.

Brilliant. It takes a while to figure what will be the outcome, the brain is active, the acting is simple and perfect, the lines are right on. The Hitchcock machinery is well oiled for this perfect murder story. Nothing better than a classic to remember the basics of good cinema: good acting, good plot, good dialogues.

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