Rehearsal for Murder (1982 TV Movie)
Walter: Alex, we've known each other for a long time, so I'm entitled to be blunt. Why are we here?
Alex: You know why, Walter. To read my new play.
Walter: It's not a play. It's just a bunch of unrelated scenes, all of them uncomfortably close to the truth.
David: The hell they are!
Alex: [to Lloyd] Permit me my element of surprise, Lloyd. In a mystery, the audience should never know what's coming next.
Ernie: Some of those junkies and winos from Broadway, they try to bed down in the lobby overnight.
Alex: Encourage them, Ernie. The theater was meant for the common man.
David: Wonderful! Broadway's favorite actor gets pneumonia! Oh, well, after those notices, I suppose I could use a cold shower.
[runs out with jacket over his head]
David: Don't be depressed then, Alex! You've got worse things coming! Like marriage!
Alex: It's essential they stay here, all of them. If even one of them walks out, it won't work.
Frank Heller: It may not work anyway.
Alex: You still think this is a mistake, don't you?
Frank Heller: Like I said before, Mr. Dennison; this is your show. I'm just here to watch.
Karen: Who's that?
Walter: Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Bumped into each other outside.
Lloyd: The difference is that Walter came in a limo and I had to take a bus.
Walter: [referring to Alex] Ah, he's being mysterious. Well, it's the playwright's prerogative... and it's the producer's prerogative to have a sweet roll.
Alex: Oh and by the way, it's something new for me; a mystery.
Walter: Good. They do well.
Alex: Unusual form, a mystery. You take the audience by the hand, and you lead them... in the wrong direction. They trust you, and you betray them! All in the name of surprise.
David: [Referring to the format of a mystery] All those characters are cardboard. I like... I like roles with flesh and blood!
Alex: I don't know about the flesh, David. But I can guarantee you the blood.
Lloyd: What are you going for? What's the point of the scene?
Alex: Well, the point, Lloyd, is that in a mystery, everyone must have a motive.
Alex: Might as well get to the point. Well, it's really very simple. When we finish here, we'll know something we didn't know before.
David: And what's that?
Alex: Which one of you killed Monica Welles.
Walter: The woman killed herself! Do you understand? Whether you want to believe it or not, she was depressed, and she jumped out of her bedroom window!
Alex: How can you be so certain, Walter? Were you there?
Lloyd: He certainly raked you over the coals.
Walter: Well, that makes two of us.
Leo: Great. Marvelous. Wonderful.
Leo: We're next!
Lloyd: Now I get it. Don't you see what he's doing?
Leo: Now that you mention it... no.
Lloyd: Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2, a play within a play to catch his father's killer: "I have heard that guilty creatures sitting at a play, have by the very cunning of the scene, been struck so to the soul that presently they have proclaimed their malefactions."
Karen: "The play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king." Right?
Walter: Well, now what?
Alex: Alibis, Walter.
Walter: I was wondering when you would get around to that.
Alex: I've established that you all had motives...
David: Like hell we had.
Alex: But motives are nullified by a legitimate alibi.
Walter: [to Frank] We all said a lot of things. None of them were true.
Walter: What are you talking about? Monica wasn't murdered. She committed suicide. And to suggest that one of us is involved...
Alex: It isn't a suggestion; it's a statement of fact.
Karen: They investigated, the police...
Alex: The police were wrong.
Walter: Alex! We all know you suffered a terrible loss. We understand your grief. But what you're doing here, it won't change anything. It won't bring her back.
Alex: Then you've nothing to lose by indulging me.
Ernie: Who's there? Who's out there? Is that you Mr. Dennison?
Alex: Hello, Ernie, how you been?