Hitchcock truly proved himself the Master of Suspense in this movie. The main character, a rich woman named Margot (played by the lovely Grace Kelly) is not-so-happily married to a retired tennis pro named Tony (played unctuously by Ray Milland). After she has an affair with All-American crime fiction writer, Mark (a sympathetic character played by Robert Cummings), Tony finds out and plans to kill her—and not just for revenge. I did mention she was loaded, right?
So Tony the Tennis Pro blackmails an old school chum named Swann (played to sleazy perfection by Anthony Dawson) into doing the deed.
But, of course, despite all of Tony’s detailed plotting and planning, the execution (no pun intended) gets botched to say the least. And when Swann ends up becoming the victim, Tony figures there’s more than one way to
kill a wife skin a cat.
Tony hatches a scheme to frame his wife that requires so much attention to detail that the thing works like a Rube Goldberg contraption.
And the suspense as to whether the cops will figure it out or not stretches out almost unbearably.
One thing I found interesting is that, like many a Hitchcock film, a person is wrongly accused or made to look like a murderer. Only in this case, it’s the Hitchcock blonde who gets the short end of the stick.
Once the plot goes past the point of accusations to that of conviction and sentencing, things look incredibly bleak. But eventually–and agonizingly—they manage to work out.
This one clearly gets two thumbs up!