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There's Always a Murder - Full Length Play, Comedy

There's Always a Murder

Ken Parker

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573616471

Kim and Drucilla Taylor are plagued by mysterious phone calls. 

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Full Length Play



Time Period - Contemporary, 1940s / WWII

Settings Of Play - A furnished apartment in Boston. June.


Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Kim and Drucilla Taylor are plagued by mysterious phone calls. Katherine Horton tells them her partner, Lawrence Sheppard, has disappeared. Sheppard was the stepbrother of the former tenant. Drucilla tries to convince Kim that a murder has been committed and the body was chopped up in their bathtub. Kim just laughs, but Drucilla continues to find clues. When the detectives arrive, Drucilla realizes she is right, and she panics. Kim, who has been rehearsing for an ice show, returns home on crutches. The supposed murderer returns. The detectives arrive just in time, and Kim proves Haywood isn’t the murderer – it seems he only cut up the body!
There's Always a Murder was first performed under the title of Four Flights Up at the Provincetown Playhouse in New York City on January 6, 1948.


4m, 6f


N/A (Not a musical)

STEVE HAYWOOD - a tall, lanky fellow with curly hair and piercing eyes. He is good-looking and one would judge he is in his middle twenties. Outwardly he is nonchalant and rather pleasant. Inwardly, we suspect he is a mass of nerves, which explains his momentary outburst of temper and extreme rudeness. He is not too well educated.
ROSALIND - a young girl in her late teens who appears even younger because of her hair, which she wears in pigtails and her horn-rimmed glasses. She is an ardent music student.
DRUCILLA TAYLOR - a pretty girl of about 24. Peppy and full of life, she darts about like an "eager beaver." Before her marriage she supported herself with dress designing so, although her dresses are always trim and cute, she is still apt to pop out in something only she could dream up!
KIM TAYLOR - a perfect foil for his lively wife. Pleasant and easy going - he is a professional ice skater and abot 26. Well built and good-looking, he is one of those happy-go-lucky chaps who gets a great kick out of watching his pert little wife go through her antics.
MRS. BIDDLE - a middle-aged lady, shall we say. Very trim, prim, and proper, with a tailored two-piece suit and pinch-nose glasses.
KATHERINE HORTON - a tall, slinky, striking girl in her early twenties. Narrow eyes and amouth that turns down at the corners. She has a "haughty and snooty" air about her, especially when meeting anyone for the first tim. The only child of Judge Horton, she is spoiled and selfish, but can be real nice when she wants to.
MRS. OSCAR MERRYGOLD - she can be tall and thin like a string bean or short and fat like a cream puff, but at any rate she has wild, uncontrollable hair and glasses that fall down over her nose.
MRS. HENRIETTA JORDAN SMYTHE - a fluttery society woman of uncertain age -  but she's no kid! She likes to dress like one, though, with clothes that are far too young for her, and many little bows, ribbons, a hat our of the funnies and other frivolous whatnots.
MULLIGANS - one of those "dumb" detectives you read about but hardly expect to meet. This one can be short and lean, with a cap which he seldom removes and a cigarette that dangles from the corner of his mouth.
INSPECTOR O'REILLY - tall and dignified-looking.
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N/A (Not a musical)

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