Dial M for Murder

Dial M for Murder ★★★★½

“People don’t commit murder on credit.”

I found this to be slow and uninteresting when I was younger. I’m glad I’ve rewatched it, because it’s far from that. This is a well-crafted murder mystery with plenty of interesting points. The acting is outstanding and the dialogue is downright delectable. Hitchcock manages to blend humor, tension, and intrigue into a story that mostly takes place in a single room (although Rope does it even better). The telephone motif allows for external influences and cross communication; it also provides essential imagery to the film. 

The fall onto a pair of scissors is one of the more gruesome shots I’ve seen from Hitchcock, yet, as is stated in the film itself, no blood is even shown for it. How very crafty!

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