Knott (1953) Dial “M” for Murder – 1st printing Hitchcock Film Noir


Theatrical Script for the classic Hitchcock thriller.

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Knott, Frederick. Dial “M” for Murder. (New York: Random House, 1953) Stated 1st printing. Includes DJ.

Small octavo. 182 pages, illustrated with photo from the play. Hardcover. Bound in tan cloth-covered boards stamped in black and gilt with b/w photo laid onto front cover. DJ printed in green and red on light brown paper. DJ in brodart.

Condition: VG, Ex-Library. Stamp on front free endpaper for Auburn Circulating Library, Stampings on rear free endpaper of dates due. No Ex-Library indications on DJ or cover. DJ chipped, with tear along front flyleaf and spotting at top of spine. Shadow along top of front of DJ while spine is darkened a bit.  Textblock clean, binding solid, hinges strong. Slight lean to spine.

Frederick Major Paull Knott (28 August 1916 – 17 December 2002) was an English playwright and screenwriter known for his complex crime-related plots. Though he was a reluctant writer and completed only three plays in his career, two have become well-known: the London-based stage thriller Dial M for Murder, which was later filmed in Hollywood by Alfred Hitchcock, and the 1966 play Wait Until Dark, which also was adapted to a Hollywood film directed by Terence Young. He also wrote the Broadway mystery Write Me a Murder. – Wikipedia