Dial M For Murder
- Ray Milland as Tony Wendice, a retired professional tennis player
- Grace Kelly as Margot Mary Wendice, Tony's wife
- Robert Cummings as Mark Halliday, a writer of television crime fiction, Margot's paramour
- John Williams as Chief Inspector Hubbard
|Grace Reading The Times|
This is one of my favourite Hitchcock films, (not as great as rear window, but...) and he does a great job with Grace Kelly. I sometimes find her slightly superficial, but whenever she is directed by Hitch, there are few other actresses I would rather watch. This was originally a play, and Alfred Hitchcock - being the genius that he was - said "We don't need to change a thing. Someone has written the script for us already. Lets play with it and make it a success." Or something like that. The film was filmed in 3D as you can see with the arm shot earlier, but by the time it came out the fad was over and the film was somewhat of a flop. Ray Milland is enchanting as Tony, his cold and calculating attitude (trying to big up my drama keywords) remind me a bit of the way Bette Davis plays Leslie Crosby in The Letter. The calmness building up to madness (Milland never gets quite that far, but you can see it in his eyes). Just another great thriller from the master! Is there anything he can do wrong? (Except The Trouble With Harry, but I've forgiven him now.) Do you find it disturbing that a twelve year old watches these movies? Yeah, me too.
Just come home from a rehearsal for the Christmas show, and my throat hurts even more than it did before (hardly possible) and I am very tired. She liked my monologue, so that it a positive.On the subject of shows, my family were having this conversation while watching All About Eve the other day, about when Anne Baxter (Eve) says "So little, so little did you say. Well if there's nothing else there's applause. I've listened backstage to people applaude. It's like waves of love coming over the footlights and wrapping you up. That alone is worth everything." It went like this:
Dad: So is that the main reason you act?
Mum: No, it's more the whole experience, and the feeling. Of course every actor likes to be appreciated.
Me: Yeah. For me it's also about being that other person, and... stuff. I think it's just because Eve has an elephantine ego.
My sister: Are we all agreed she is just and ego maniac?
All: Agreed.As a performer myself, and from a family of them, I find it interesting to see how people feel about being on stage or acting. Must be the psychoanalyst deep... deep... deep... deep down in me.
P.S. Found this picture of the lobby card for The Little Foxes, and I rarely see ones that say "Not suitable for general exhibition." It must be that murder scene. MUAHAHAHAHAHA...