To make Sidney's slump all the more painful, Clifford Anderson, a student of one of Sidney's writing seminars, has recently sent his mentor a copy of his first attempt at playwrighting for Sidney's review and advice. The play, "Deathtrap," is a five character, two act thriller so perfect in its construction that, as Sidney says, "A gifted director couldn't even hurt it." Using his penchant for plot, and out of his desperate desire to once again be the toast of Broadway, Sidney, along with Myra, cook up an almost unthinkable scheme: They'll lure the would-be playwright to the Bruhl home, kill him, and market the sure-fire script as Sidney's own. But shortly after Clifford arrives, it's clear that things are not what they seem! Indeed, even Helga Ten Dorp, a nosey psychic from next door, and Porter Milgram, Sidney's observant attorney, can only speculate where the line between truth and deception lies. Written by
Craig C. Bailey
A wickedly amusing who'll do it. [USA Theatrical]
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Did You Know?
Film and stage director Robert Moore
who directed the 'Deathtrap' stage-play on Broadway did not direct this film version which was directed by Sidney Lumet
. Moore had for the movies directed the related genre piece Murder by Death
(1976) written by Neil Simon
but was actually still directing 'Deathtrap' as well as 'Woman of the Year' on Broadway when this movie was made and released. See more
When Sidney has the Deathtrap script and threatens to throw it into the fireplace, the fire isn't lit. See more
[the actor on stage delivers an unintelligible line
First Audience Member
It's the worst play I've ever seen.
Second Audience Member
I can't believe Sidney Bruhl wrote it.
Murderous weapons by Eoin Sprott. See more