Yesterday, I mentioned a TV movie that Robert Preston starred in, Rehearsal for Murder, that was written Levinson and Link, the team that created Columbo. It's a thoroughly enjoyable film done in the smart, clever style that Levinson and Link were known for -- and features a terrific cast. In addition to Preston, it starred Lynn Redgrave, Patrick Macnee, William Daniels, and Jeff Goldblum, along with a bunch of other recognizable actors. (Also, though she's not listed on iMDB, I have a vague recollection that Geena Davis has a tiny role in it. But since she isn't listed online, perhaps my memory is wrong about that. But since she and Goldblum were married around that time, that's why it sort of, kind of stuck in my mind. Correctly or otherwise.)
Further, it won an Edgar Award in 1983 from the Mystery Writers of America.
Preston is a famous playwright whose life is torn apart when his fiance dies of an apparent suicide, immediately following her Broadway debut in a play of his. He sort of goes into seclusion, but returns to society with a new play, and gathers the cast and crews from that play a year before to do a read-through. In fact, he has his suspicions that his fiance was killed and that the murderer must be one of those in the theater -- and the play and rehearsal is a trap to try and find out who.
The video is available on Netflix, and if you have any interest in seeing it, I recommend getting the DVD there. But if you don't subscribe to the service or Amazon Prime (for all I know, it's available there, as well), I have a bonus for you --
Here is the entire movie!
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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