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* UnreliableNarrator: Monica's personality changes dramatically in every flashback. [[spoiler:This is because none of these scenes every happened. They are being staged by the actors to throw off the murderer.]]

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* UnreliableNarrator: Monica's personality changes dramatically in every flashback. [[spoiler:This is because none of these scenes every ever happened. They are being staged by the actors to throw off the murderer.]]


* {{Blackmail}}: [[spoiler:Frank Heller was blackmailing Monica over his one-stand with him and threatening to tell her fiancé Alex. Monica decided not to pay and instead tried to call Alex to come clean. This is when Frank killed her.]]

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* {{Blackmail}}: [[spoiler:Frank Heller was blackmailing Monica over his one-stand with him their one night stand and threatening to tell her fiancé Alex. Monica decided not to pay and instead tried to call Alex to come clean. This is when Frank killed her.]]

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* BluffingTheMurderer: The entire plot is one of these... sort of. [[spoiler:The twist is that the "cop" in the supposed EngineeredPublicConfession is the real killer whose knowledge of the contents of desk drawers after a staged killing prove that he was at the crime scene. It turns out to also be an actual EngineeredPublicConfession of a REAL cop hidden elsewhere in the theater. All the supposed suspects were in on it (the bluff I mean).]]

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* ReviewsAreTheGospel: InUniverse example. At the after party for the premiere of ''Chamber Music'', the producer Walter and the director Lloyd are seen fretting as they await the arrival of the early editions of the papers. When the reviews are lukewarm at best, they philosophically accept that the fact that the play is probably going to fold. However, the police are later willing to accept that the bad reviews (and assumed failure of the play) is the reason why Monica commits suicide.

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* EngineeredPublicConfession: Alex's so-called play (which Walter points out is no more than a group of unrelated scenes) is designed to get the killer to confess, with a police officer waiting to hear the confession.


* MotiveRant: The killer delivers one after being exposed; even LampshadeHanging hanging a lampshade on it]] by claiming that if they didn't, there would be no third act.

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* MotiveRant: The killer delivers one after being exposed; even LampshadeHanging [[LampshadeHanging hanging a lampshade on it]] by claiming that if they didn't, there would be no third act.

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* MotiveRant: The killer delivers one after being exposed; even LampshadeHanging hanging a lampshade on it]] by claiming that if they didn't, there would be no third act.

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* FallenOnHardTimesJob: Frank Heller mentions having waited tables, worked in construction, and driven cabs between acting gigs.


* {{Blackmail}}: [[spoiler:Frank Heller was blackmailing Monica over his one-stand with him and threatening to tell her fiancé Alex. Monica decided not to pay and instead tried to call Alex to come clean. This is when Frank killed her.]]



* INeverSaidItWasPoison: The murderer gives themselves away by revealing that they knew Monica had a flashlight in her dresser drawer: something only someone who was in her bedroom on the night she dies could have known/

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* INeverSaidItWasPoison: The murderer gives themselves away by revealing that they knew Monica had a flashlight in her dresser drawer: something only someone who was in her bedroom on the night she dies died could have known/known.

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* INeverSaidItWasPoison: The murderer gives themselves away by revealing that they knew Monica had a flashlight in her dresser drawer: something only someone who was in her bedroom on the night she dies could have known

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* INeverSaidItWasPoison: The murderer gives themselves away by revealing that they knew Monica had a flashlight in her dresser drawer: something only someone who was in her bedroom on the night she dies could have knownknown/
* TheIngenue: Karen was this at the time of the original play. In the year since, she has reinvented herself. Alex comments on her new image and she replies "It was time to stop playing the ingénue".


* INeverSaidItWasMurder: The murderer gives themselves away by revealing that they knew Monica had a flashlight in her dresser drawer: something only someone who was in her bedroom on the night she dies could have known

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* INeverSaidItWasMurder: INeverSaidItWasPoison: The murderer gives themselves away by revealing that they knew Monica had a flashlight in her dresser drawer: something only someone who was in her bedroom on the night she dies could have known

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''Rehearsal for Murder'' is an American murder mystery television film starring Robert Preston and Lynn Redgrave, and directed by David Greene. The script, written by Richard Levinson and William Link, won a 1983 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

When his leading lady (and fiancée) Monica Welles (Redgrave) is found dead from an apparent suicide after the opening night of her Broadway stage debut, playwright Alex Dennison (Preston) is left heartbroken. On the first anniversary of her death, he gathers the cast and crew from that ill-fated night in the same Broadway theatre, ostensibly to read a new play he is working on, a mystery in which a famous actress is killed. As the reading progresses, the scenes seem to the cast to be uncomfortably close to actual encounters they might have had with Monica. When pressed, Alex finally reveals that he believes that Monica was murdered, and that someone at the theatre is her killer.

!!''Rehearsal for Murder'' contains examples (or does it?) of:
* DeathByFallingOver: Monica's death was actually caused by the killer giving her a shove that caused her to crack her head on a bookcase.
* DisconnectedByDeath: Realising she is in terrible danger, Monica calls Alex, begging him to come over, only for the murderer to disconnect her call.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Alex hires actor Frank Heller to pose as a police officer to prevent the suspects from leaving.
* INeverSaidItWasMurder: The murderer gives themselves away by revealing that they knew Monica had a flashlight in her dresser drawer: something only someone who was in her bedroom on the night she dies could have known
* NeverSuicide: Monica's murderer makes it look like she jumped to her death from her bedroom window. Alex is suspicious as soon as he arrives at the crime scene.
* NotableNonSequitur: When David leaves the party in the rain, he complains that there is a cab parked across the street with its off-duty light on. This casual comment will become important during TheSummation.
* SpotOfTea: Monica made herself a cup of tea every night before retiring.
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: Karen and Leo's motive revolves around them supposedly giving Monica a herbal tea to 'calm her nerves', which was actually spiked to make her too sick to perform on opening night.
* UnreliableNarrator: Monica's personality changes dramatically in every flashback. [[spoiler:This is because none of these scenes every happened. They are being staged by the actors to throw off the murderer.]]

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