Dial M for Murder
Based on the successful Broadway play by Frederick Knott, who also penned the screenplay, Dial M for Murder was the first of three U.S. studio pictures in which Hitchcock cast the impeccable Grace Kelly. Rear Window and To Catch A Thief followed in quick succession, as did a royal marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco in April 1956, which effectively put paid to Kelly's Hollywood career.
Ray Milland plays Kelly's urbane husband, former tennis ace, Tony Wendice. Motivated by the suspicion that his beautiful wife is being unfaithful, Wendice plots her 'accidental' death. Needless to say, his scheme doesn't go quite to plan. The game Ms Kelly has her work cut out for her as she attempts to thwart her screen husband's ill intentions, in a film directed with skillful calibrations of tension and suspense.