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.
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105 min

-Oh, Mark.


Sell the extra ticket

and have a drink on the proceeds.

-All right. We'll try.

-Have a good time.

Thanks. Good night.


-Hello. Hampstead 78-double-9?.


-Could I speak to Captain Lesgate?.


-Good evening.

You don't know me.

My name is Fisher.

I understand you have

a car for sale.

-Yes, an American car.

-Yes, I saw it at your garage.

-How much are you asking?.

-Eleven hundred.

Eleven hundred?. I see. It certainly looks

just the job for me.

I don't like that price much.

I didn't like it when I bought it.

-Now, when can we meet?.

-Well, now, how about tomorrow afternoon?

I'm afraid I can't manage that.

No, I can't, and I'm going

to Liverpool on Sunday.

I was rather hoping--

-You couldn't come to my flat tonight?.

-Where is it?

Maida Vale. I'd call on you,

only I've twisted my knee rather badly.

I'm sorry. Well, what's your address?

-61 A Charrington Gardens.


No. Charrington.

Turn left at the underground.

-It' s a two minutes' walk.

-I'll be there in an hour.

That's extremely good of you.

By the way, will you bring the car?.

-I'm afraid I can 't.

-Doesn't matter. I had a good look at it.

You might bring the registration book

and any necessary papers.

-Yes, of course.

-We can settle this...

...here and now, provided you

drop the price sufficiently.

I'm afraid that's out of the question.

Well, we'll see what

a couple of drinks can do.

-Well, goodbye.


-Mr. Fisher?.

-Captain Lesgate?.


-Won't you come in?.

Thank you.

It's very good of you.

Let me have your coat.

-Have any difficulty finding your way?.

-No. None at all.

Do sit down. How about a drink?.

I can't help thinking I've seen you

before somewhere.

It's funny you should mention that.

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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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