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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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Elliott Nash
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Nell Nash
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Harlow Edison
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Sam Thorpe
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Miss Chandler
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Matilda
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Lt. Joe Jenkins
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The Duke
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Ben
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Louis the Louse (as Richard Wessel)
Herman ...
Herman the Pigeon
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Dan Shelby (uncredited) (voice)
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Television Technician in Booth (uncredited)
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Michael Dugan ...
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Television Technician in Booth (uncredited)
Peter Ford ...
TV Page Boy (uncredited)
James Gavin ...
Sgt. Drucker (uncredited)
Jimmy Hayes ...
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Mark Houston ...
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Michael Johnson ...
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Miss Spence (uncredited)
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Taxi Driver (uncredited)
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Stage Manager (uncredited)
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Dr. Weiner (uncredited)
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Stage Doorman (uncredited)
John McKee ...
Cop (uncredited)
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Mr. Olson (uncredited)
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Ken Wales ...
Second Engineer (uncredited)
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Dr. Bradley (uncredited)

Directed by

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George Marshall

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George Wells ... (screen play)
 
Alec Coppel ... (play "The Gazebo")
 
Myra Coppel ... (story) and
Alec Coppel ... (story)

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Lawrence Weingarten ... producer

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Jeff Alexander

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Paul Vogel ... director of photography (as Paul C. Vogel)

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Adrienne Fazan

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George W. Davis
Paul Groesse

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Henry Grace
Robert Priestley

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Helen Rose

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Sydney Guilaroff ... hair stylist
William Tuttle ... makeup artist

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Erich von Stroheim Jr. ... assistant director

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Frank Wesselhoff ... painter (uncredited)

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Franklin Milton ... recording supervisor
Van Allen James ... sound editor (uncredited)

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Robert R. Hoag ... special effects

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Harvey Parry ... stunts (uncredited)

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Arthur Morton ... orchestrator (uncredited)

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Frederick Brisson ... stage presenter
Alex Romero ... choreographer (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 »
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Also Known As
  • Le mort récalcitrant (France)
  • Un muerto recalcitrante (Spain)
  • O ekviastis ton gymnon modelon (Greece)
  • Wo kommt denn bloß der Tote her? (Austria)
  • Gazebo (Italy)
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  • 100 min
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Budget $1,218,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Film debut of television actor Carl Reiner. See more »
Goofs The blackmailer is scheduled to arrive at the house at 10:00pm. After Elliot shoots him and is preparing to dispose of the body Miss Chandler arrives with clients to show the house late at night. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Head Above Water (1996). See more »
Soundtracks Something Called Love See more »
Quotes The Duke: Your husband knocked him off!
Nell Nash: Don't be silly! My husband's the kind of man who takes cheese from mouse traps so the mice don't get hurt!
The Duke: I didn't say he knocked off a mouse, I said he knocked off Joe!
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