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Rehearsal for Murder (1982)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | TV Movie 26 May 1982
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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Preston ... Alex Dennison
Lynn Redgrave ... Monica Welles
Patrick Macnee ... David Mathews
Lawrence Pressman ... Lloyd Andrews
William Russ ... Frank Heller
Madolyn Smith Osborne ... Karen Daniels (as Madolyn Smith)
Jeff Goldblum ... Leo Gibbs
William Daniels ... Walter Lamb
John Finnegan ... Damon
Nicholas Mele Nicholas Mele ... The First Officer
Vahan Moosekian Vahan Moosekian ... The Moving Man
Charles Robinson ... The Second Officer (as Charlie Robinson)
Wallace Rooney Wallace Rooney ... Ernie
Buck Young ... Lieutenant McElroy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sergio Kato ... The Third Officer
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Storyline

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 <Fildapimp@netscape.net>

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Where the curtain comes up on Terror


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cold Reading See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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William Russ and William Daniels later co-starred on the long running series Boy Meets World (1993) (Their characters, Alan Matthews and George Feeny, respectively, were next-door neighbors.) See more »

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[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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Levinson/Link: The Rolls/Royce Writing Duo Of TV Mysteries
2 February 2005 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

Whenever you see the names "Levinson" and "Link" in the writing credits, you can be assured of a well scripted, unique whodunit, with plot twists that would give Dame Agatha a run for her money.

" ... unusual form -- a mystery -- you take the audience by the hand and you lead them -- in the wrong direction." Those are the prophetic words of playwright Alex Dennison in this Levinson and Link play within a play, called "Rehearsal For Murder". Dennison (Robert Preston) reunites five show-biz friends, ostensibly to get feedback on his new mystery novel. The real reason for the reunion is to unmask the killer of Monica Welles, Dennison's fiancé, who was murdered a year earlier. Which of the five friends is the killer?

"Rehearsal For Murder" is a filmed stage play, which means that the emphasis is on the crafts of script and acting, both of which here are excellent, and production design which in this case is adequate. The multiple plot twists make the screenplay ingenious, if perhaps a little far-fetched. The entire cast gives a fine performance, though I must confess to a preference for Robert Preston, one of the most credible actors of all time.

There's no heavy duty "message" in this film, no special effects, no cinematic gimmicks. It's just an old-fashioned, entertaining murder mystery for viewers who like whodunits. I have long considered "Murder By Natural Causes" (1979) to be Levinson and Link's best work. But "Rehearsal For Murder" is not far behind.


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