Frederick Knott, Author of Dial M for Murder and Wait Until Dark, Dead at 86
Frederick Knott, who penned the popular thrillers Dial M For Murder and Wait Until Dark, died Tuesday in Manhattan at age 86.
A number of London producers turned down Dial M For Murder before it was finally adapted as a television drama by the British Broadcasting Corporation. The play later opened in London to considerable success and premiered on Broadway to great success, running over 500 performances. Alfred Hitchcock directed the movie version in 1954, working from Knott's screenplay; a 1998 remake, starring Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow, was titled A Perfect Murder.