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

Let me get you another drink.

Mark, before Tony comes,

I ought to explain something.

Yes, I've been waiting for that.

I haven't told him anything about us.

That's not surprising.

It's a tough thing to do.

When you telephoned this morning,

I simply said you wrote crime stories.

And I'd met you once

when you were here before.

That has a pretty guilty ring to it.

I'd never use it in one of my stories.

Mark, I know you think it's silly.

When you get to know Tony,

you'll understand why I said that.

Darling, I understand now.

That doesn't stop me from loving you.

It's not as simple as that.

-Tony's changed.


He's a completely different person

to the one I used to tell you about.

Really?. When did all this happen?.

That night I came to say goodbye.

When I left your apartment,

I came back here.

I sat down on the sofa

and had a good cry.

And then I fell asleep.

When I woke up...

...there was Tony standing in the hall

with his bags and tennis rackets.

He just said he decided to give up tennis

and settle down to a job.

-Just like that?.

-Just like that.

Of course, I didn't believe him at first,

but he meant it, all right.

But he's been wonderful ever since.

I suppose that's when

you stopped writing me.

Margot, is it?.

Do you remember the letters

you wrote to me?.

Yes, I remember.

After I read them, I burned them.

I thought it best.

All except one.

You probably know

the one I mean.

Yes, I think I do.

What about it?.

It was stolen.

Tony and I were going to spend

the weekend in the country with friends.

While waiting on the platform,

I noticed my handbag was missing.

And the letter was inside.

-Where was this?.

-Victoria Station.

I thought I'd left it in the restaurant,

but when I went back, it had gone.

You mean you never found it?.

I recovered the handbag

about two weeks later...

...from the lost and found,

but the letter wasn't there.

Then about a week afterwards,

I received a note.

It told me what I had to do

to get the letter back.

Yes. Go ahead.

Go on.

I was to draw 50

from my bank in 5 notes...

...and then change them

for used 1 notes.

It said that if I went to the police

or told anyone else...

...he would show the letter

to my husband.

You still have the note?.

Printed, all capitals.

-Anyone could've done this.

-Two days later...

-...I got this one.

-Both mailed in Brixton.

"Throw half the money in a package

and mail to John S. King.

Brixton SW9.

You'll get your letter by return."

It's a little shop.

People use it as a forwarding address.

You didn't mail the money.

Yes, but the letter was never returned.

So after waiting about

two weeks, I went there.

Said they had never heard

of a man by that name.

The parcel was still there.

It had never been opened.

That's something, I suppose.

May I keep these?.

-Yes, if you like.

-I can't understand why you didn't tell me.

There wasn't anything

you could do.

You probably would have

made me tell Tony and the police.

It was only 50, I thought

I'd pay and have done with it.

I'm gonna tell Tony

about us tonight.

No, Mark, please,

you musn't.

You don't understand.

Tony's changed.


I wish it was a year ago,

when you came to say goodbye.

We were in the kitchen. I said,

"I can't go through with this.

Let's find Tony and

tell him all about it."

I believe you'd

have done it then.

Well, I can see this is

gonna be a rough evening.

All of us saying

nice things to each other.

Look, there's only one thing

you haven't explained.

Why didn't you burn

that letter too?.

There you are. We thought

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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