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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:

MURDER CAN BE FUN! (original print ad - all caps) 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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Famed director Alfred Hitchcock's name is mentioned in the story but he was not seen or heard in the film. See more »

Goofs

While Elliott tells Nell he loves her, Herman the Pigeon is moving around on his left shoulder. In the next shot as she walks to the door, it is suddenly sitting on his right shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Matilda: Well! That sure takes the berry off the bush.
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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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10 March 2003 | by gravieSee all my reviews

I remembered this movie from when I would sit on my moms lap and watch Sunday afternoon movies with her. I remembered it being funny when I was 5 and watched it when I was 40....It is still a great tribute to what Ford can do...So funny...and Debbie was so great, and Reiner at his best..Just see it and enjoy.


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