Dial M for Murder

Dial M for Murder. Warner Brothers 1955.
Dial M for Murder. Warner Brothers 1955.

Before watching the movie:

I’ve had this physically on my shelf (or thereabouts) for over a year, and it’s high time I got to it. A classic, obviously. The evocative title is frequently referenced and parodied. But what is it? Nobody seems to go into that. There’s a telephone, and a murder, and that’s about it. The box says there’s a love triangle, and a murder arranged by telephone, but it’s still pretty vague. I expect somebody overheard on a party line, but otherwise, I’ve got nothing.

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The Seven-Year Itch

The Seven Year Itch. 20th Century Fox 1955.
The Seven Year Itch. 20th Century Fox 1955.

Before watching the movie:

If AFI hasn’t done a countdown of iconic movie images yet, it’s probably on their to-do list. The one thing anybody remembers about this movie is probably in the top five, if not the number one.

What’s this film actually about, if not Marylin Monroe’s antigravity dress? I recall vaguely from a few synopses something about a man who’s bored with his marriage and strongly tempted by Monroe’s character. At least this poster has him standing nearby with his attention diverted by her, even if he’s not the focus.

I’m still trying to figure out how to describe Billy Wilder. So far all I’ve come up with is “gets it right.”

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