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The shrill ring of a telephone cuts the night. Light from a bedside lamp casts a buttery glow. A princess glides from the bedroom, curls in place, shimmering gown flowing freely.

And so begins the most patient crank call exchange ever recorded on film.

Margot not only lays her faith at her diabolical husband’s feet, but her determination to engage the caller makes her graceful neck an easy target for a would-be killer.

Her determination continues as she battles for her life, and the aforementioned diabolical husband determinedly stays on the line to listen as she breathes her last.

A lesson not to put one’s trust in the phone company…

Dial M for Murder, 1954, starring Grace Kelly, Ray Milland, and Robert Cummings. Directed by Alfred  Hitchcock