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Dial M for Murder

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  297 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
A three act drama for five men and one woman about a murder-for-hire gone wrong.
Paperback, 72 pages
Published December 1st 1954 by Dramatists Play Service (first published January 1st 1952)
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Maleen
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one more than the last. I wish I knew what the letter said...

There are so many stories and books about planning the perfect murder. At this point, I'm hoping my husband doesn't read any of them. :)
Crawford
Dec 26, 2011 marked it as to-read
#10

Chief Inspector Hubbard
Frederick Knott
Dial M for Murder, the film adaptation of Knott’s stage play, is Hitchcock’s finest. Hubbard is played by John Williams in a cast that mainly features Ray Milland and Grace Kelly. Milland plots to murder his wife for her inheritance, but then his hired blackmailer burglar/murderer is killed. Milland smooths it all out, but Hubbard is several steps ahead. What follows is complicated, but involves Hubbard deducing where Milland will look for a second door k
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Lindsay Wilson
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: plays
Despite the fact that I think the movie is fairly well thought of, the play leaves something to be desired. There is just so much exposition in the first half; for like 10 pages, Tony is explaining to Lesgate his every activity of the previous year in painstaking detail. It drags and it's hard to get particularly worked up about it. Tony is reasonably creepy and menacing, but the fact that he just talks about everything he's done without us getting a chance to see it takes away from the sinister ...more
Troy
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My kind of book a mystery and a play Perfection
Christine
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Before reading this, I wasn't aware that the Hitchcock film was based on a play. Really a fun read--and now I want to watch the movie. I will probably use this with my drama class this semester.
UnoStudio
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Una buona sceneggiatura è tutto.

Se si dovesse poi disporre di un’ottima sceneggiatura – un eccellente testo teatrale, poniamo il caso, firmato da quell’autentico genio della drammaturgia che è stato Frederick Knott – si correrebbe perfino il rischio di mettere in scena la miglior commedia gialla che si sia mai vista sul grande schermo. Certo bisognerebbe cavar fuori dal cilindro una coppia d’attori del calibro di Ray Milland e Grace Kelly, e una regia sapiente, misurata, fedele al testo e al con
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Kevin
Mar 06, 2009 added it
Shelves: theater
I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of period pieces. The stodgy dialogue and protracted scenes do not add to the "entertainment value" of something I'd like to go out and see. This play has a few good moments in it, but is offset by a weak device of being able to hear both sides of numerous phone conversations and some scenes that might have been intense at the time (everyone get down and be real still for about five minutes - no, don't say ANYTHING) skates the line between intense psychological ...more
Heather
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read! Granted I was hoping it would be a "who done it" situation instead of knowing the killer and watching the case unfold to catch him, but it was still a fun read! It was fast paced and kept my interest the whole time. I know it is because it's a play, but as I was reading I could see in my head the people on a stage portraying the characters which was cool. Im pretty sure this is the first play I read without it being a school required read. I definitely recommend it to people ...more
Alexander Seifert
Oct 25, 2015 rated it liked it
I still remember this book from the 7th grade. Unlike many of the books I read back then, it was mildly entertaining, at least to a 13-year-old. Knowing the killer in a 'who dun it' is an interesting spin on the genre. Other than that, it wasn't anything phenomenal and fit right into a junior high/middle school curriculum.
Eric Mikols
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: scripts
It's well written and enjoyable, but I think this is a preformance play that doesn't scream amazing when read. It needs a good lead and great acting and it could be a cool show. No dialog stood out to me as great but watching the best laid plans fall apart was fun.
Tonya
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, classics, crime
What a great play! I would love to see it performed live on stage. The characters are well drawn, the plot is interesting and scenes well written. Definitely worth reading if you love the theater or mysteries!
Amy
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theatre-movies
I could not help but see Hitchock's film scenes as I was reading this script! He was such a master of his craft. The element of silence is extremely affective and used in this play. It's a thoroughly enjoyable read and film; I would love to see it performed on the stage one day!
Brendan
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite of murder mysteries I've read lately, but still a solid entry. I want to say it's fairly formulaic, but given it was written 60 years ago it probably proceeded a lot of the similar stories I'm more familiar with.
Jeff
Aug 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Hitchcock knew what he was doing--just a supremely entertaining and bullet-proof example of the genre.
Nsikan Akpan
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Who-Done-It
Meg
Feb 15, 2012 rated it liked it
A fun who-dunnit! I wasn't crazy about the ending, though...
Jack Wallace
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
I didnt perticuarly like this book it is not my style of reading and i didnt understand some of it it was a bit boring but the story line was good
The Badger
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
A classic must-read play!
RUBY
Nov 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
THIS PLAY IS AMAZING!
Philip Fields
Dec 10, 2007 rated it really liked it
very good. gets a little boring sometimes. the murder is the best part
Julian
Nov 17, 2008 is currently reading it
Its a very good book if you like thrillers and a little bit of mystery.
Jordan
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This Story Kept me On the edge of my seat the entire time ! I Didn't want it to stop. Well Written.
Andrew
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
A good story, with good characters. The fight scene is really good. Probably better to see on stage, but still a good read.
Carolyn
Sep 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, 2012
This was a fun, quick read. I don't enjoy plays that much and this one didn't feel all that special. Just a pretty average, mostly unmemorable piece.
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Knott was the son of English missionaries who sent him to be educated in England. A graduate of Cambridge, his promising tennis career was cut short by WWII. He served in the British Army Artillery as a signals instructor. He eventually moved to New York, and found success with three stories he wrote for the British and American stage.
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