Saturday, August 2, 2008

Murder! Intrigue! Glamour!

I just got finished watching Alfred Hitchcock's 'Dial M for Murder'(1954), courtesy of OnDemand. 'Dial M for Murder' is based on the play by Frederick Knott. 'Dial', starring the gorgeous Grace Kelly and Ray Milland, is about committing the perfect murder: how to quietly bump off your wife and get all her money once she's gone? It was great, though I wouldn't call it my favorite Hitchcock because, well, it wasn't scary. I liked how Milland's character worked out his plot to kill Grace Kelly and she did a wonderful job being really distraught and scared. Milland was so cool about the whole business, it was unnerving. Don't want to give too much away, but in the scene where Grace Kelly is being strangled is slightly erotic. Did anyone else notice that? Wonder if Hitchcock did it on purpose? It'd make sense: the cheating wife gets her just desserts much the same way she gets her jollies when hubby's out of town.

Hitchcock walks through a frame in all of his movies. When did he walk by in 'Dial'? I didn't catch it.

But it just wasn't that dark a movie, and I like my movies dark, especially they're by Hitchcock. Even the score wasn't as dark as it was in say, 'Psycho'. Unfortunately, I haven't seen a lot of Hitchcock movies, but of the ones I've seen, I'd have to say 'Strangers on a Train' was my favorite, even if it didn't feature Grace Kelly or Kim Novak, the stunning blonde from 'Vertigo'.

I was talking with some friends, and we all agreed that there wouldn't, couldn't be another Hitchcock and that the kind of movies he did you just couldn't do today. The Birds, for example. For a crazy event like that to just happen with no background information would not fly with audiences that can pull a doo-hickey out of their pockets during the movie and know everything in a few seconds. Scary movies are all gore and special effects these days; the psychological thriller is dead, mostly.

Just for kicks, I'm adding a poll to the sidebar: what's your favorite Hitchcock movie?


'Dial M for Murder on IMDb'
Grace Kelly Bio
Top 10 Hitchcock Movies according to ePinions
Complete List of Hitchcock Films


  1. I'm still catching up on Hitchcock films that I haven't seen yet, but I recently rented Rear Window and thought it was great...and especially since I love Jimmy Stewart.

  2. I'm a birds fan...scary then...funny now!

  3. Sadly, I am a product of the young generation with a really short attention span. I need action in my movies @ least every 20 min or its a bad movie. But i managed to sit through vertigo... does that count?


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