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Thereby hangs a tale… I thought I’d said my last on Vertigo. Really. Honest. And then I go and encounter yet three more contemporary references to this masterful mystery and I spout off once more. First off I finally got … Continue reading
Thereby hangs a tale… “You do my murder, and I do yours.” Proposition. Concept. Plot. Movie. All summed up in one lyric line of dialogue. That it’s delivered by a madman is our bonus. That it’s the start of the … Continue reading
Thereby hangs a tale… A man wants to murder his wife. That’s the plot of Dial M for Murder. Simple. Straightforward. True as a bowshot. The question is why? Tony Wendice possesses a fatal flaw: he believes he is superior … Continue reading
Thereby hangs a tale… What do you do if you suspect, as does Charley, that your adored Uncle Charlie, for whom you were named, is the Merry Widow killer? That is the question at the center of Hitchcock’s mastery of … Continue reading