A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
5/28/1954 M is dialed on the big screen
May 28, 1954. This date saw the release of Alfred Hitchcock's version of Dial M For Murder, starring Ray Milland and Grace Kelly. It is a tale of adultery, blackmail, and attempted murder, featuring a perfect crime that doesn't go perfectly.
The studio insisted on filming it in 3-D, which acounts for a lot of things being pushed toward the camera, but it basically went to theatres "flat." The story was by no means flat and neither was the relationship between the director and Grace Kelly which lasted for two more films and certainly influenced the rest of Hitchcock's career.