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George Wells (screen play)
Alec Coppel (play)
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Release Date:
January 1960 (USA) See more »
MURDER CAN BE FUN! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 the Pigeon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stanley Adams ... Dan Shelby (voice) (uncredited)

Don Anderson ... Television Technician in Booth (uncredited)

Gene Coogan ... Man (uncredited)
Michael Dugan ... First Engineer (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Television Technician in Booth (uncredited)
Peter Ford ... TV Page Boy (uncredited)
James Gavin ... Sgt. Drucker (uncredited)
Jimmy Hayes ... Actor (uncredited) (voice)
Mark Houston ... Actor (uncredited) (voice)
Michael Johnson ... Assistant Director (uncredited)

Helen Kleeb ... Miss Spence (uncredited)

Jack Kruschen ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Rex Lease ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Jon Lormer ... Dr. Weiner (uncredited)
Owen McGiveney ... Stage Doorman (uncredited)
John McKee ... Cop (uncredited)
Frank Mitchell ... Mr. Olson (uncredited)

William Smith ... Actor (uncredited)

Guy Stockwell ... Actor (uncredited) (voice)
Ken Wales ... Second Engineer (uncredited)
Harlan Warde ... Dr. Bradley (uncredited)

Directed by
George Marshall 
Writing credits
George Wells (screen play)

Alec Coppel (play "The Gazebo")

Myra Coppel (story) and
Alec Coppel (story)

Produced by
Lawrence Weingarten .... producer
Original Music by
Jeff Alexander 
Cinematography by
Paul Vogel (director of photography) (as Paul C. Vogel)
Film Editing by
Adrienne Fazan 
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
Paul Groesse 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Robert Priestley 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Erich von Stroheim Jr. .... assistant director
Art Department
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Robert R. Hoag .... special effects
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Frederick Brisson .... stage presenter
Alex Romero .... choreographer (uncredited)
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100 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:16 | Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1960) | Netherlands:14 (re-rating) (1960) | Sweden:15 | UK:A | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

This is the last black-and-white feature appearance by Debbie Reynolds, performing her final monochrome song and dance - "Something Called Love" (music by Walter Kent, lyrics by Walton Farrar).See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Elliott Nash:Herman, drop that bullet!
Nell Nash:Herman, it's not a peanut!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Head Above Water (1996)See more »
Something Called LoveSee more »


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20 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
The Perfect "Tombstone", 23 October 2005
Author: theowinthrop from United States

As of this writing, Glenn Ford is still with us, living in retirement. He has never, except from his fans and fellow actors, received the recognition his honest acting abilities in drama or comedy have fully deserved. His performances in "Experiment In Terror" and "The Blackboard Jungle" and "3:10 To Yuma" fully show his firm handling of dramatic material. He was a superb psychotic villain in "The Man From Colorado". He held his own with Rita Hayworth and George Macready in "Gilda". And for comic gems let me suggest "The Rounders" (holding his own with Henry 0Fonda, Chill Wills, and his old film friend Edgar Buchanan), "Teahouse Of The August Moon", and this film.

For some reason the New York Times film critics always slam "The Gazebo". I can't tell why. It may be because those comedies traipsing on dark matters like murder seem to need an element of elegance (in some quarters) to be rated highly. But how many "Kind Hearts And Coronets" or "Monsieur Verdoux" films can there be? THE GAZEBO is certainly bereft of elegant villains like Dennis Price and Charlie Chaplin, but it does draw us into the hero's real problems.

Elliot Nash (Ford) is a hard-working producer, whose wife Nell (Debbie Reynolds) is an equally hard worker performer. Nash has been receiving blackmail threats from a man he has never met. The man is demanding an impossibly large sum of money for pictures he has of Nell that might hurt her career. Nash is forced, in his bumbling way, to consider the only alternative (short of a miracle) to take care of the blackmailer: he must kill him. So on a night that Nell is away from their suburban home, Nash (following a step-by-step plan he even wrote down and put into his desk's top draw) arranges to shoot and kill the blackmailer and to bury the body. He had originally intended to simply bury it in the back yard, but Nell has accidentally helped him here - it seems (for his birthday gift) she is installing an antique gazebo in the backyard, under the watchful workmanship of John McGiver. Ford drags the dead body (in an old bath curtain) into the backyard, and puts it into the foundation of the gazebo.

The problems arise afterward. First, it turns out the police want to question him anyway regarding the blackmailer - it seems they found his body in his office, shot to death. They don't suspect Nash for this, but they are curious about why the blackmailer called him. Of course this leads to the issue - who is in the gazebo. Ford goes nuts trying to figure out who among his family and friends is missing. Secondly, it also brings up another matter. Elliot and Nell have a close friend, Harlowe (Carl Reiner), whom Elliot has always found a little annoying as Harlowe once was dating Nell. Now he's around prying into the relationship of Elliot and the dead blackmailer.

Soon some others pop up, two goons (the leader is Martin Landau) wondering what happened to Dan - whom they knew was supposed to be visiting Elliot. Can he be the man in the gazebo? Is he the key to all this?

The action of the jittery Ford is priceless, particularly in the scene where he shoots the visitor. An example: Nash has been thinking of doing some work with Alfred Hitchcock. Hitch calls (we never see or hear him) while Nash is wondering how to bury the dead man. Ford asks Hitch advise "for a plot he's working on" and Hitch helps out.

The final ten minutes, when Ford is almost ready to throw himself on the mercy of the detectives (Reiner and Bert Freed, as a Lieutenant who literally louses up his own case), only to change strategies in a moment of clarity, are hysterical. I particularly hope you fully appreciate Freed's tag-line at the conclusion of the film.

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