Noises Off...

Synopsis: Lloyd Fellowes is the director of a theatre company. He's desperately trying to get his production together, despite the best efforts of the cast, the crew, and Lady Luck. We follow the production from final rehersals, through opening night, and onto the tour: as with any group of actors forced to work closely together for any great length of time, romances and arguments are bound to break out. Quite often, what's happening on stage is nothing compared to what's happening backstage....
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Peter Bogdanovich
Production: Buena Vista Pictures
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101 min

Hold it, Larry. Dotty!

We've got the place entirely to ourselves.

Hold it, Brooke.


Come back?

Yes, and go out again

with the newspaper.

The newspaper?

Oh, the newspaper.

Hang up the phone, you leave the sardines

and you go out with the newspaper.

- Here you are.

- Sorry, hon.

Don't worry about it, hon.

It's just the tech rehearsal.

It's the dress rehearsal, Garry, hon.

- When was the tech rehearsal?

- When's the dress? We open tomorrow.

We're all thinking of it

as the tech, aren't we?

- All those words...

- Don't worry about the words!

And that accent.

It's coming out like oranges and lemons.

Your words are fine. Your words are better

than the... you know what I mean.

- Isn't that right?

- Sorry?

Okay, so he's the... fine!

But, dear, you've been

playing this kind of part for...

Jesus, you know what I mean!

All right, Garry and Brooke are off.

Dotty is holding the receiver.

No, but here we are. We're all thinking,

"My God, we open tomorrow.

"We had two weeks to rehearse. We don't

know where we are, but here we are"!

That's right, sweetie! Isn't it?

Beautifully put, Garry.

We've got to play Des Moines

this week, then Pittsburgh,

and then God knows where, and where

else, and so on, for God knows how long.

We're all feeling pretty much...

- Aren't you?

- Sorry?

Anyway, you're off

and Dotty's holding the phone.

Sometimes you have

to come right out with it.

- I know.

- Thanks.

So, you're off.

Let me just say one thing,

since we've stopped.

I've worked with a lot of directors.

Some were geniuses, some were bastards,

but I've never met one who was

so totally and absolutely, I don't know...

Thank you, I'm very touched.

Now will you get off the fucking stage?

- And Brooke?

- Yes?

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Marty Kaplan

Marty Kaplan is the Norman Lear Professor of Entertainment, Media and Society at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and the founding director of the Norman Lear Center for the study of the impact of entertainment on society. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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