[Ads-l] Is that the right substitute?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Jun 5 00:10:11 UTC 2016

> On Jun 4, 2016, at 5:28 PM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:
> Even Ray Milland isn't sure.
> Tony Wendice:  Isubstituted ... Is that the right word?   Yes, I substituted my wife's other stockingfor the one that ... [Swann brought].
> Joel

Now I suppose I'll have to watch all of Dial M for Murder to get the quote situated in its native habitat:

[Spoiler alert...]

Hubbard: Well, Mr. Wendice?

Tony: Before you came, he was trying to persuade me to go to the police with the most fantastic story you ever heard. Apparently, I bribed Swan to murder my wife so that--Correct me if I go wrong, Mark. So that I could inherit all her money. And that isn't all. You remember Mr. Halliday's letter? Well, apparently, Swan didn't steal it, I did. And I wrote those two blackmail notes and I kept Mr. Halliday's letter and planted it on the body.

Mark: -And the stocking--

Hubbard: Yes, the stocking. I'd better tell this. It sounds more like a confession. I substituted-- Is that the right word? Yes, I substituted my wife's other stocking for the one that--You do follow me, don't you? What else, Mark?

Mark: He told Swan he'd hide his key somewhere out here probably up on this ledge. Swan let himself in. He hid behind the curtains, then Wendice telephoned. That brought her--

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