Dial M for Murder
Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us.Thomas L. Holdcroft
- People don't commit murder on credit.
- [on the phone with Margot] I'm so glad we don't have to go to Maureen's; she's such a filthy cook.
Chief Insp. Hubbard
- They talk about flat-footed policemen. May the saints protect us from the gifted amateur.
- [Detective Pearson is about to leave with Mrs. Wendice's small purse around his wrist] Oh, wait a minute, you clot; you can't walk down the street like that - you, you'll be arrested!
- Mind you, even I didn't guess that at once... extraordinary.
- Mark Halliday: [to Margot] Darling, I understand now, but that doesn't stop me from loving you.
- Tony Wendice: How do you go about writing a detective story?
- Mark Halliday: Well, you forget detection and concentrate on crime. Crime's the thing. And then you imagine you're going to steal something or murder somebody.
- Tony Wendice: Oh, is that how you do it? It's interesting.
- Mark Halliday: Yes, I usually put myself in the criminal's shoes and then I keep asking myself, uh, what do I do next?
- Margot Mary Wendice: Do you really believe in the perfect murder?
- Mark Halliday: Mmm, yes, absolutely. On paper, that is. And I think I could, uh, plan one better than most people; but I doubt if I could carry it out.
- Tony Wendice: Oh? Why not?
- Mark Halliday: Well, because in stories things usually turn out the way the author wants them to; and in real life they don't... always.
- Tony Wendice: Hmm.
- Tony Wendice: No, I'm afraid my murders would be something like my bridge: I'd make some stupid mistake and never realize it until I found everybody was looking at me.
- C.A. Swan: Where's the nearest police station?
- Tony Wendice: Opposite the church, two minutes walk.
- C.A. Swan: Suppose I walk there now.
- Tony Wendice: What would you tell them?
- C.A. Swan: Everything.
- Tony Wendice: Everything? All about "Mr. Adams" and "Mr. Wilson"?
- C.A. Swan: I should simply tell them that you're trying to blackmail me into...
- Tony Wendice: Into?
- C.A. Swan: ...murdering your wife.
- Tony Wendice: I almost wish you would. When she heard that we'd have the biggest laugh of our lives.
- C.A. Swan: Aren't you forgetting something?
- Tony Wendice: Am I?
- C.A. Swan: You've told me quite a lot tonight.
- Tony Wendice: What of it?
- C.A. Swan: Suppose I tell them how you followed her to that studio in Chelsea and watched them cooking spaghetti and all that rubbish. Wouldn't that ring a bell?
- Tony Wendice: Oh, it certainly would. They'd assume you'd followed her there yourself.
- C.A. Swan: Me? Why should I?
- Tony Wendice: Why should you steal her handbag? Why should you write her all those blackmail notes? Can you prove you didn't? You certainly can't prove I did. It will be a straight case of your word against mine.
- C.A. Swan: Smart, aren't you?
- Tony Wendice: No, not really. I've just had time to think things out. Put myself in your position. That's why I know you're going to agree.
- C.A. Swan: What makes you think I'll agree?
- Tony Wendice: For the same reason that a donkey with a stick behind him and a carrot in front always goes forwards and not backwards.
- C.A. Swan: Tell me about the carrot.
- Margot Mary Wendice: How long have you known this?
- Chief Insp. Hubbard: Did you suspect it yourself?
- Margot Mary Wendice: No, never. And yet... What's the matter with me, Mark? I don't seem able to feel anything.
- Kiss By Kiss...Supreme Suspense Unfurls!
- If a woman answers...hang on for dear life!
- It Holds You Spellbound with Suspense!
- Is this the man she was waiting for... or the man who was waiting for her?
- "...is that you, darling?"
- Ray Milland - Tony Wendice
- Grace Kelly - Margot Mary Wendice
- Robert Cummings - Mark Halliday
- John Williams - Chief Insp. Hubbard
- Anthony Dawson - Charles Alexander Swann aka Captain Lesgate
- Leo Britt - The Storyteller
- Patrick Allen - Det. Pearson
- George Leigh - Det. Williams