DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954)

Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

This Alfred Hitchcock thriller was one of the few films made during the 1950s 3-D fad to use the new technology to artistic advantage, as demonstrated by this rare screening in its original format. (Original audiences only saw the film in a "flat" version, thanks to the timing of its release.) To purchase the screen rights to the hit play, Warner Bros. had to agree not to release the film until the stage version had finished. As a result, after laboring to get the 3-D image just right, including spending a week on the murder scene, Hitchcock saw his film sit on the shelf for months until the studio could legally release it. By that time the 3-D craze had faded, and Warner Bros. put the film into release in the "flat" version most often seen. Even without that third dimension, the suspense sizzles thanks to Hitch's intelligent direction, a strong script about a tennis pro framing his wife for murder and the star presence of Grace Kelly, in her first time out as a Hitchcock blonde.

In attendance: Norman Lloyd.

DIAL M FOR MURDER
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