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Wednesday Evening Film Series at the Elsinore Theatre in #SalemOR

Dial M For Murder (Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1954)

November 12

7:00 pm

Based on the hit stage play by Fredrick Knott and presented on the 60th anniversary of its release, Dial M for Murder represents the first of three movies the extraordinary Grace Kelly made with Hitchcock. A husband (Ray Milland) plots the murder of his wealthy wife (Grace Kelly) after she begins an affair with an American writer (Robert Cummings), leading to a police detective’s (John Williams) penetrating investigation. By compressing the film’s action to a single apartment set (as he would subsequently do in Rear Window), Hitchcock retained the suspense that made the stage play such a hit. He then amplified the intrigue with his mastery of point-of-view framing and cinema vocabulary. Shot in 3-D, but released flat (as we will present it). Restored, and in color. 105 minutes.

“Hitchcock himself dismissed 3-D …, but that didn’t stop him having some fun with it.… The London-set story…remains one of Hitch’s most absorbingly airtight: its trick is to generate considerable suspense while withholding nothing from the audience. Its pleasures are not profound ones, but there’s enough dimensionality up on the screen to compensate. Hitchcock’s 3-D thriller still grips.” ––Time Out

Historic Elsinore Theatre
170 High St SE, Salem OR 97301

All films at the Historic Elsinore Theatre. Box office and doors open at 6:15 pm, movies begin at 7 pm.


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