GUEST POST- Hitch on the Hump: Dial André Dumas for Murder
Heya folks. Welcome to the first Hitch on the Hump guest post of February. Appropriately, as it is Women in Horror Recognition Month, the guest posts kick off with André Dumas from The Horror Digest. For over two years, Ms. Dumas has published some of the best and most insightful reviews and articles in the horror blogging world, and I a super thrilled to have her contribute to Hitch on the Hump today. So let me turn it over to André for her thoughts on the Hitchcock masterpiece Dial 'M' for Murder.
It’s funny how your mind seems to take in the little details over the big ones. How had I not remembered that Grace Kelly’s character was having an affair? Or that Grace Kelly had initially been found guilty of the murder and sentenced to hang? I started to get worried that all those years ago I had become bored after the famous murder scene and turned off the film. It was possible, the film does get sort of heavy somewhere in the middle there but that didn’t justify my rash decision. I began thinking about what it was that was so seemingly different about Dial M for Murder and I settled on this idea.
Even earlier in the film a similar tactic is employed when Tony realizes his watch has stopped. How can it be that we are almost rooting for him to make that telephone call and secure the moment of Margot’s death? How is it that we can find ourselves on this strange divide between liking Tony and hating him? I don’t think I’ll ever understand it but trying to is a start.
I may have not been taken with Dial M for Murder my first time around, but that’s all changed now. Small details and big ones, Grace Kelly before and after the big house. Latch keys and nightgowns, scarves and stockings--there’s so much to talk.
Thanks André, Wonderful post, and you brought up a lot of new, great points about an old classic. There's so much going on in Dial 'M', and you really spotlighted some of the more oft forgotten moments. That's the kind of thing you can expect from André over at The Horror Digest. So if you're not a regular reader of hers, you should be. Next week I'll be back with a special Women in Horror edition of Hitch on the Hump, and then stay tuned the next week for a Guest Post from the indomitable Pax Romano of Billy Loves Stu.. I also have something in the works sure to delight fans of suspense and thrillers that I hope to announce by the end of the month.