Dial M for Murder

Synopsis: In London, wealthy Margot Mary Wendice had a brief love affair with the American writer Mark Halliday while her husband and professional tennis player Tony Wendice was on a tennis tour. Tony quits playing to dedicate to his wife and finds a regular job. She decides to give him a second chance for their marriage. When Mark arrives from America to visit the couple, Margot tells him that she had destroyed all his letters but one that was stolen. Subsequently she was blackmailed, but she had never retrieved the stolen letter. Tony arrives home, claims that he needs to work and asks Margot to go with Mark to the theater. Meanwhile Tony calls Captain Lesgate (aka Charles Alexander Swann who studied with him at college) and blackmails him to murder his wife, so that he can inherit her fortune. But there is no perfect crime, and things do not work as planned.
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Director(s): Alfred Hitchcock
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

you were never coming.

-What have you been up to?.

-I'm sorry. The boss blew in...

-...just as I was leaving.

-Tony, this is Mark Halliday.



I'm terribly sorry

to be so late.

-How do you like it over here, Mark?.

-Well, fine. Just fine, Tony.

Is this your first visit to London?.

No, no. I was here

a year ago for vacation.

Oh, yes, that's right.

Margot told me.

-You write for the radio, don't you?.

-No, television, for my sins.

-Darling, did you reserve a table?.

-Yes, 7:

-Come on, then--

-Darling, a slight alteration in plans.

-Now, don't say you can't go.

-I'm afraid so.

Old man Burgess is flying

to Brussels on Sunday.

And I have to get my monthly

report in by tomorrow.

Can't you do it when

we get back?.

I'm afraid not.

It'll take hours.

I shall have to fake

half of it as it is.

Could you join us after the theater?.

We might go somewhere.

Give me a ring in intermission.

-lf I'm inspired, I might make it.

-Well, do try.

I'll just get my things, Mark.

-Here are the tickets.

-Thanks, Tony.

I'm afraid this is

terribly rude of me.

Not at all. I'm just sorry

you can't come.

-You must come to dinner.

-I'd like that.

What are you doing tomorrow night?.


Nothing I know of.

Would you like to

join a stag party?.

-A stag party?.


Some Americans have been playing

tennis all over the continent.

We're giving them

a farewell dinner.

-I'm not much of a tennis player.

-Doesn't matter.

You know New York and all that.

-Mark's coming to the party tomorrow night.


You better drop in here first

and have a drink.

-That's the idea.

-Yes. All right.

-I'll try and get a taxi.

-No, we can usually pick one up.

So long, darling.

Enjoy yourself.

-So long, Tony.

-Good night.

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Frederick Knott

Frederick Major Paull Knott (28 August 1916 — 17 December 2002) was an English playwright and screenwriter known for his ingeniously complex, crime-related plots. Though he was a reluctant writer and completed only three plays in his career, two have become classics: the London-based stage thriller Dial M for Murder, which was later filmed in Hollywood by Alfred Hitchcock, and the chilling 1966 play Wait Until Dark, which also became a Hollywood film. more…

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