2020 Blind Spot Series: Dial M for Murder
What I knew going in: Not much at all, really.
Tony (Ray Milland) is a tennis star who finds out his wife, Margot (Grace Kelly) is having an affair with Mark (Robert Cummings) while he's been out on tour. He retires from tennis, and Margot gives their relationship an honest try the second go around. Only instead of confronting her like a normal human, he decides to blackmail someone into murdering her instead.
Long ago when I started this blogging challenge I had a list of Hitchock films I planned to see, and I believe I was taking a vote between this and Rope, and Dial M for Murder is what won. And this turned out to be a solid choice.
For a movie that so obviously is going to end a certain way, the suspense really does stay with you throughout the run time, thought maybe not for the reason you expect. While I normally love a good courtroom drama, I like that this film jumps in time a bit after it's "intermission" (which is kind of funny considering this film isn't even 2 hours)
Grace Kelly is wonderful and so beautiful and she stands out even more against the rest of the cast which is a bunch of dudes that arguably all look the same. That's the biggest hurdle this film has in my opinion. Milland, Cummings, and co are fine, but they're kind of boring to watch. Their dialogue isn't, but acting wise it's nothing special. Kelly is carrying the acting department.
This didn't knock Rear Window off the top of my Hitchock list, but I'm glad I watched it.
Memorable Quote: "I don't seem to be able to feel anything." - Margot (Grace Kelly)