Grace Kelly, Dial M for Murder
There are about three Hitchcock films that I tie for my favorites – the ones I watch and rewatch and rewatch. Dial M for Murder is one of the “chosen ones.” Ray Milland and Grace Kelly are perfection in the film and it’s just so deliciously done.
Hitchcock took the unique onscreen presence of Grace Kelly (one that some have referred to as stiff and even cold) and made it absolutely wonderful in this role. While he certainly didn’t, he made it seem as though the movie had been created and crafted with her in mind.
Even Ray Milland, in one of his finest performances, seemed to position himself and his character in a manner that would make her shine.
Personally I believe Hitchcock worked similar magic for all of his leading ladies – just never more noticeable than with this particular film and this particular legendary actress.
You can find Dial M for Murder on DVD (Amazon link).