Ex-tennis pro Tony Wendice has decided to murder his wife, Margot Wendice, for her money and for an affair she had a year prior. He blackmails an old college associate to commit the crime, but when things go awry he sees a way to turn events to his advantage.
Dial M for Murder was also an American crime mystery film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings and John Williams. Both the screenplay and the successful stage play on which it was based were written by English playwright Frederick Knott. The play premiered in 1952 on BBC Television, before being performed on stage in the same year in London's West End in June, and then New York's Broadway in October. The World Premiere took place in Grace Kelly's hometown of Philadelphia on Tuesday, May 18, 1954 at the 2,200 seat Randolph Theater.
This exciting melodrama had a highly successful run on Broadway and the road. "…original and remarkably good theatre—quiet in style but tingling with excitement underneath." —NY Times. "It's a holiday for the whodunit fans, and, as such, it couldn't be more welcome." —NY Herald-Tribune.