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Panic Button (1964)

Not Rated | | Comedy | April 1964 (USA)
A businessman plans to solve his tax problems by financing a film version of "Romeo and Juliet". He hires Maurice Chevalier and Jayne Mansfield to play the title roles, and Akim Tamiroff to... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Fontaine
Louise Harris
Frank Pagano (as Michael Connors)
Carlo Croccolo ...
Vincent Barbi ...
Kenny Delmar ...
Alberto Rabagliati
Paula O'Neil
Charles Fawcett
(as Anette Andrea)
Mimo Billi ...
(as Mimmo Billi)


A businessman plans to solve his tax problems by financing a film version of "Romeo and Juliet". He hires Maurice Chevalier and Jayne Mansfield to play the title roles, and Akim Tamiroff to direct. The finished film is shown at the Venice Film Festival, where it's considered a witty parody and awarded a Golden Lion. Written by alfiehitchie

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April 1964 (USA)  »

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Let's Go Bust  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Several of Shakespeare's plays are referenced: from Romeo and Juliet only the balcony scene is shown but Chevalier's audition piece is from Macbeth, and there is a scene in which mobsters read extracts from King Lear and A Midsummer Night's Dream. See more »


Pandowski: Artists! My name is Salvatore. I am your director. I must warn you. I am a sensitive man, a very sensitive... as a matter of fact, when a pigeon goes hungry, I cry. When a child is happy, I laugh. And if you do not listen to me, all of you, I will get angry. I get very angry. Oh, yes. I don't care how much money I spend on making this film because I want quality. Qual-i-ty! Yes, therefore, I... therefore, I am appointing myself to write a script. A few pages every day as we go along. You act, I...
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References Fra' Manisco cerca guai (1961) See more »


Venezia (Night Club)
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26 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

Not even the label of "camp" can save this one. A precursor of The Producers, but without its sparkle or satiric bite. Chevalier does everything short of winking at the camera--a sad final chapter to his career. The project ends up resembling the intentionally bad TV pilot that the film is about.

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