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Gazebo
     

Gazebo

5.0 2
Director: George Marshall

Cast: Glenn Ford, Debbie Reynolds, Carl Reiner

 

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Any murder mystery featuring a pigeon named Herman can be trusted to offer more mirth than mayhem and that is the case with this upbeat film by director George Marshall. Glenn Ford stars as Elliott Nash, a television playwright married to Nell (Debbie Reynolds), a successful Broadway thespian. Nell had an ignominious moment in her past when she posed for some photos

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Any murder mystery featuring a pigeon named Herman can be trusted to offer more mirth than mayhem and that is the case with this upbeat film by director George Marshall. Glenn Ford stars as Elliott Nash, a television playwright married to Nell (Debbie Reynolds), a successful Broadway thespian. Nell had an ignominious moment in her past when she posed for some photos best left in obscurity and now Elliott is being blackmailed by the owner of the photos. Elliot's solution is to carry out a carefully executed murder and then bury the body underneath a gazebo being constructed in the backyard. Although the dastardly deed goes off without a hitch, the body of the blackmailer turns up elsewhere, leaving Elliott to track down who it was he buried under the gazebo.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A nice little black comedy that loses a few points for cheating, The Gazebo is nonetheless a delightful way to wile away a couple of hours. George Wells' adaptation of the Broadway play is breezy and bright, even when the subject matter is veering off into the darker edges. More importantly, it's impeccably structured, an absolute necessity in a murder mystery-slash-comedy such as this. As hinted above, Gazebo does have a failing -- it raises a moral dilemma involving a man who decides to murder the man who is blackmailing him, and then tries to duck this very issue by fudging the man's direct involvement in that murder. It's a cheat, but it would have been easier to take if the groundwork had been laid out for it earlier, or if the creators had taken a whole different approach in tone and substance. However, Gazebo is so much fun along the way that most will be relieved rather than annoyed at this flaw. There's no faulting the cast, with Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds in top form and Carl Reiner even better. Throw in the always reliable Mabel Albertson and John McGiver, and a very young Martin Landau, and the result is a very fine romp indeed.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2011
UPC:
0883316369869
Original Release:
1959
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
17,998

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Glenn Ford Elliott Nash
Debbie Reynolds Nell Nash
Carl Reiner Harlow Edison
John McGiver Sam Thorpe
Mabel Albertson Mrs. Chandler
Doro Merande Matilda
Bert Freed Lt. Joe Jenkins
Martin Landau The Duke
Robert Ellenstein Ben
Dick Wessel Louis the Louse
Herman The Pigeon
ZaSu Pitts Mrs. MacGruder (scenes deleted)

Technical Credits
George Marshall Director
Jeff Alexander Score Composer
George W. Davis Art Director
Walton Farrar Score Composer
Adrienne Fazan Editor
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Paul Groesse Art Director
Robert R. Hoag Special Effects
Walter Kent Score Composer
Robert Priestley Set Decoration/Design
Alex Romero Choreography
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Erich Von Stroheim Asst. Director
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Paul Vogel Cinematographer
Lawrence Weingarten Producer
George Wells Screenwriter

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Gazebo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Gazebo, staring Glenn Ford, is ONE entertaining movie. It was when titles were picked that ment something in relation to the movie. Mr. Ford made this movie beliveable BUT funny. I think Glenn Ford was under-rated as a comic actor.