Dial M for Murder

Dial M for Murder (1954)

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Factual error: The Inspector has no authority at all to release a convicted murderer about to be executed. Even if he could, the police presence would have been greater and Margot would have been in prison clothes or at least in restraints.

Plot hole: The ending relies on Tony knowing where the key is on the stairs and Margot not knowing. Unfortunately there are any number of reasons for him knowing about a backup key that do not mean he is a murderer, and she could be smart enough to know she is certainly under police surveillance (and custody) and not touch the key on the stairs. Tony could easily make the argument that he had one made as a backup and put it there. Swann could have followed him one day and saw it and used it. His knowing the location of the key certainly does not necessarily mean he hired a hitman.

Revealing mistake: Just before Anthony Dawson is going to be stabbed to death by Grace Kelly with a pair of scissors, you can see for a very short moment that the scissors are already attached to his back.

Continuity mistake: When Tony throws the 100 pounds down-payment across the room to Swan, watch the chair in which it lands. It has a low back one in one shot, then a high back (probably to provide a bigger target for the throw), then a low back again.

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Visible crew/equipment: While Tony is blackmailing Charles Swann, describing the story in the newspapers regarding the "middle-aged woman found dead due to an overdose...", just as Tony takes a seat on the table we can see the moving shadow of the boom mic on the wall, over the picture. (00:25:10)

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Continuity mistake: When Tony talks to Lesgate about the murder plan, Tony sits on the couch with his cane resting between his legs. In the next shot, he's suddenly holding the cane in his hands under his chin.

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Continuity mistake: When Mark is talking to Margo early in the film in her living room, the camera shows a front view of her and she is standing in front of liquor bottles lined up on a table. Behind her, Mark is in front of the fireplace. When Tony comes home within minutes, the bar is next to the front door and the bottles are rearranged.

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Other mistake: The judge in giving sentence refers to the murder occurring on the 27th September. Towards the end of the film the implication is that the murder occurred on the 27th March e.g. he started living on the cash from the 27th March.

Continuity mistake: Early in the film when Swann picks up his coat to leave the apartment then changes his mind, he puts his coat and scarf back on the chair and the scarf is under the coat. Later on, the scarf is folded on top of the coat, but no one has moved it.

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Continuity mistake: Tony throws a bundle of notes onto the seat of the brown chair. Later, when Swann picks up the money, it's on the arm of the chair.

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C.A. Swan: Just a minute. I'm supposed to have come in through these windows. Suppose they'd been locked?
Tony Wendice: It wouldn't matter. You see, she often takes a walk around the garden before she goes to bed, and she usually forgets to lock up when she gets back. That's what I shall tell the police.
C.A. Swan: Yes, but she may say that.
Tony Wendice: But she isn't going to say anything, is she?

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Trivia: Alfred Hitchcock's cameo in this film is one of the harder ones to spot: he appears in the photograph of Tony and Lesgate's Cambridge class reunion.

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Question: After Margo was convicted, why did Tony move one of their beds into the living room?

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Chosen answer: It's mostly so the audience can see more of Tony's underlying character. This is Margo's bed, and Tony wanted it separate from the bedroom that they shared as husband and wife. Tony is "emotionally divorcing" himself from Margo as he is about to start a new life as a single man. Leaving the bed in the bedroom would serve as a reminder of his guilt in framing his innocent wife for a murder she did not commit. The bed is likely parked there until he can get rid of it.

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