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The Gazebo (1959)

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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.



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Complete credited cast:
Elliott Nash
Nell Nash
Harlow Edison
Sam Thorpe
Miss Chandler
Doro Merande ...
Lt. Joe Jenkins
The Duke / A. Wellington Broos
Dick Wessel ...
Louis the Louse (as Richard Wessel)
Herman ...
Herman the Pigeon


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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Release Date:

January 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sin talento para matar  »

Box Office


$1,218,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Film debut of Peter Ford, son of Glenn Ford, and his former wife, dancer-actress Eleanor Powell. See more »


Elliot Nash haphazardly buries the attaché case with Dan Shelby, but when The Duke and Louis the Louse dig up Shelby a few days later, Dan is holding the attaché very tight in his left hand. See more »


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Ah, talk about pressure
11 March 2003 | by (Ky.) – See 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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