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
When a man has murder on his mind be sure you don't fall into a...Deathtrap. [Video]
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Did You Know?
This was the first and only time actor Michael Caine
worked with director Sidney Lumet
. Caine originally was going to star in Lumet's The Hill
(1965) seventeen years prior to this movie but pulled-out to star as Alfie
(1966). Caine once commented: "This is terrible Sidney, and you may never want to work with me again. But I've been offered the role of a lifetime - and I want out of 'The Hill'." Lumet has said: "I couldn't turn him down. The other role of course, was 'Alfie', and it was the turning point in Michael's career. Despite that rocky start, we became good friends. And we've been trying to get together professionally ever since." 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