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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

HE knows something SHE doesn't know about her GAZEBO! 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of television actor Carl Reiner. See more »

Goofs

When The Nash's first get home and Harlow is waiting for them, Elliot Nash makes a drink and hands it to Harlow. When he accepts the drink the glass is full, however when he gets to the sofa the glass is more than 1/2 empty. See more »

Quotes

Elliott Nash: [after an anxiety induced examination] Say, Brad. Brad, there are fourteen columns of doctors in the yellow pages of the phone book. I might choose one of them one day.
Brad: [dropping the phone book on Elliott's desk in front of him] Bless you my boy.
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Connections

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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excellent
14 March 2003 | by rupieSee all my reviews

I can't say too many good things about this extremely well done black comedy. The casting is first-rate, with Glenn Ford, Debbie Reynolds, and Carl Reiner. Glenn Ford is an underrated actor with a real flair for comedy, as shown here. Also of note is the fine bit by the venerable character actor John McGiver as Thorpe, the contractor. The plot keeps you going and the comic action never slips. I like also the decision to film it in black and white; it just looks right. As it is a wide-screen production, catching it in letterbox helps. A not-well-known film that is a nice comic surprise!


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