Dial M For Murder
Alfred Hitchcockâ€™s screen version of Frederick Knottâ€™s stage hit stars one of Hitchcockâ€™s favorites, Grace Kelly, along with Ray Milland and Robert Cummings as the points of a romantic triangle -- Margot Mary Wendice (Kelly), her lover Mark Halliday (Cummings) and her husband Tony Wendice (Milland), whoâ€™s plotting her murder. But when Tony dials a Mayfair exchange to set the plot in motion, his right number gets the wrong answer.
The Wrong Man
In this dramatization of a true story, based on an actual incident reported in Life Magazine, a man is tried for crimes committed by a look-alike robber. Henry Fonda plays musician Manny Balestrero, a man full of visible but unspoken rage at his wrongful arrest. Vera Miles plays his distraught wife. Hitchcock makes New York City the star of the film and cast real- life Balestrero case witnesses in small roles.
Jane Wyman stars as drama student Eve Gill who tries to clear a friend, John Cooper (Richard Todd), being framed for murder by becoming the maid of flamboyant stage star Charlotte Inwood (Marlene Dietrich). Cooperâ€™s affair with Inwood has made him a suspect in the death of Inwoodâ€™s husband. Hitchcock juggles elements of humor and whodunit and put his terrific ensemble (Alastair Sim, Sybil Thorndike, Joyce Grenfell, Kay Walsh and daughter Patricia Hitchcock) through its paces.
Father Michael Logan (Montgomery Clift), a model of clerical piety, hears a killerâ€™s confession. Eyewitnesses point to a priest as the murderer and the sacrament of penance forbids Logan to speak out â€“ even in his own defense â€“ whencircumstantial evidence targets Logan as the prime suspect. Anne Baxter and Karl Malden co-star as a former flame and a police inspector whose attempts to clear Logan only entrap him further.
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