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The Gazebo (1959)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Thriller | January 1960 (USA)
TV writer Elliott Nash buries a blackmailer under the new gazebo in his suburban backyard. But the nervous man can't let the body rest there.

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

George Wells (screen play), Alec Coppel (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... Elliott Nash
Debbie Reynolds ... Nell Nash
Carl Reiner ... Harlow Edison
John McGiver ... Sam Thorpe
Mabel Albertson ... Miss Chandler
Doro Merande ... Matilda
Bert Freed ... Lt. Joe Jenkins
Martin Landau ... The Duke
Robert Ellenstein ... Ben
Dick Wessel ... Louis the Louse (as Richard Wessel)
Herman Herman ... Herman the Pigeon
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Storyline

Television writer and director Elliott Nash and his wife Nell have a happy marriage. One day a blackmailer informs Elliott that he has nude photos of his wife Nell, taken when she was only 18 years old. The blackmailer, a certain Dan Shelby, threatens to ruin Nell's reputation and her Broadway stage career if Elliott refuses to pay a ransom. Elliott agrees to pay the blackmailer but the demands increase and Elliott becomes a nervous wreck and a workaholic in his attempt to earn more money for the blackmailer. Elliott even considers selling his house in order to raise the 25 thousand dollars the blackmailer demands. Nell is unaware of the blackmail scheme and often worries about Elliott's state of mind. In desperation, Elliott decides to lure the blackmailer to Elliott's home for a large final payment and kill him. But Elliott is no killer and his planning for the imminent premeditated murder is amateurish at best. Written by nufs68

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They're Having A Little Trouble With Her Gazebo... but doesn't EVERYONE? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sin talento para matar See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,218,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Avon Productions (II) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Remade in France as "Jo" in 1971, starring Louis de Funes. See more »

Goofs

When Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds are chasing the pigeon around the living room, they knock over the fireplace tools. In the next scene the detective chases the pigeon into the fireplace and the tools are upright, behind the screen. See more »

Quotes

The Duke: Your husband knocked him off!
Nell Nash: Don't be silly! My husband's the kind of man who takes cheese from mouse traps so the mice don't get hurt!
The Duke: I didn't say he knocked off a mouse, I said he knocked off Joe!
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Referenced in Head Above Water (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Something Called Love
Written by Walter Kent and Walton Farrar
Performed by Debbie Reynolds (uncredited)
[Nell performs the song in her show]
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Ah, talk about pressure
11 March 2003 | by hmpulhamSee all my reviews

Poor Glenn Ford, talk about problems! His wife is being blackmailed, and his friend, the local district attorney, would like to bed her, and is not shy about showing it. Then there's the problem of disposing of the body of the blackmailer, who he's shot, after luring him to his home. Later he discovers he's killed the wrong man! All this very, very frustrating. I particularly enjoyed the scene where Ford's calling a list of acquaintances and asking various women if they'd seen their husbands ... that is, lately? Seeing the relieved look on his face as the replies came back, yes, was pretty funny. But, this is a comedy so all works out fine at the end. I gave it a *7* -- could have picked an *8*


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