Picks and Pans Review: Dial M for Murder

updated 03/29/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/29/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

The Alfred Hitchcock classic, now rereleased, is also in 3-D. But the resemblance to Parasite ends there. Hitchcock was always on the lookout for interesting new film techniques. But he never used 3-D again and in fact barely uses it here; only in the murder scene does anything come hurtling out at the audience. Grace Kelly, in the first of her three Hitchcock films, plays a woman whose tennis player husband, Ray Milland, wants to murder her. Robert Cummings is her novelist lover, and John Williams upstages everyone as a mustache-combing Scotland Yard inspector. The film's appeal lies in the convolutions of the plot and fine acting; even Cummings is less cloying than usual. But the staging is very static (it was adapted from a play) and the movie works best on TV late shows, where it can be seen more cheaply and comfortably. (PG)

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