Rehearsal for Murder (1982)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  26 May 1982 (USA)
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A year after his fiancée's death, a playwright schedules a rehearsal for his new play, which proves to be a trap for her killer.


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Complete credited cast:
Alex Dennison
Monica Welles
David Mathews
Lloyd Andrews
Frank Heller
Karen Daniels (as Madolyn Smith)
Leo Gibbs
Walter Lamb
The First Officer
Vahan Moosekian ...
The Moving Man
The Second Officer (as Charlie Robinson)
Wallace Rooney ...
Buck Young ...
Lieutenant McElroy
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The Third Officer


In a theatre on Broadway, a group of friends remember the opening night from one year ago. On this night, the leading lady was apparently murdered. On this day, these people, all involved in the production, are brought back by the fiancee of this murder victim, a distinguished playwright, to read for parts in his new play. However, he believes she was murdered, and now wants to catch the killer. Written by <>

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26 May 1982 (USA)  »

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Cold Reading  »

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Did You Know?


In the flashback seen where William Russ is with Lynn Redgrave, Russ is wearing a brown leather bomber jacket with the number 13 over his left breast. When he portrays Roger Lococco a few years later in Wiseguy, he will wear that same jacket. The jacket was considered Lococco's "trademark". See more »


[first lines]
Ernie: Who's there? Who's out there? Is that you Mr. Dennison?
Alex: Hello, Ernie, how you been?
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A Real Murder Mystery
11 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This mystery takes on a new twist when Broadway playwright Alex Dewnnison, (Robert Preston), invites the cast and crew of his new play to a cold reading of the script. However, the participants don't know that their get together is a part of a plan to find out the criminal who killed his lover, Monica Wells, (Lynn Redgrave) and made her death look like a suicide by jumping out of a window in a high rise apartment dwelling. You will never be able to figure out just who the murderer is and this film will keep you glued to your seats. Robert Preston and Lynn Redgrave gave outstanding performances along with the entire cast of actors. Enjoy.

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